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.
Tobin describes Valentine's fate: Claudius made the unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people, believing that
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.
One legend says that a Roman emperor banned soldiers from marrying in the third century, but St. Valentine took issue with