history of valentines day

In wrapping up my exploration of the history behind Valentine's Day the day itself has a past that is not quite like the way we celebrate in modern times and thank goodness. Heck, my male friend whose comments about what his significant other should be doing to and for him were not so far off the mark in terms of the history.
Valentine's Day is all about love and lust, but the genesis of the holiday isn't so flowery. HuffPost Live reveals the bloody
What to say to your kids: On Feb. 14th, we give and get lots of candy and funny cards from our friends. But a long time ago
The real history of Valentine's Day is not comprised of roses, chocolates and pretty cards. Instead, crime, imprisonment and execution are at the genesis of our modern day love fest, dating back to the man whose martyrdom may have inspired the holiday.
Tobin describes Valentine's fate: Claudius made the unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people, believing that
It is ironic that one of the more popular holidays in America is named for a saint about whom very little is known -- who, in fact, is of questionable historical provenance.
They say the oldest valentine was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. This wasn't a valentine that was purchased; it was a hand-written poem. It wasn't an obligatory sentiment, but a heartfelt expression of love.
Our favorite hipster ingenue is back to explain another holiday for us, and we couldn't be more pleased. Everyone knows that
When we think of Valentine's Day we tend to think of chocolate, love, and presents, yet most of us don't know that Valentine's Day has its roots in an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed
In a burst of classic male logic, he outlawed marriage, because obviously if a man couldn't have a wife, the next best thing would be to kill people.
One legend says that a Roman emperor banned soldiers from marrying in the third century, but St. Valentine took issue with