Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The History of Valentine's Day

The History of Valentine's Day - Detailed information from the History Channel on the origins of this romantic holiday including speculation on the real St. Valentine.

Other articles focus on three great romances from history (Trumans, Robinsons, and Brownings), dating through the ages, and a Valentine love match game.

I was unaware that St. Valentine is a bit of a mystery to history. Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. Several legends deal with St. Valentine defying the Romans in some way in the 3rd Century AD and paying the price for it with his life.

The article on the history notes, "According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France."

1 comment:

Megan Bayliss said...

Thanks for this M. I have just linked it to a blog on Tatts and Tiarras day: a Valentine's Day fundraiser for the Abused Child Trust.