Valentine History


Valentine History

The history of Valentine’s Day is a bit murky. In the late fifth century, it replaced a Roman fertility festival on the same date. The Roman Catholic Church recognises at least three saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One famous legend has it that Valentine was a Roman priest in the third century. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, he outlawed marriage for young, unattached men. Valentine continued to perform marriages in secret. When his defiance was discovered, he was put to death.

By the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in Europe. Lovers were exchanging homemade cards as early as the 15th century, copying verses from books of valentine poems.

During the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be. They would wear the name on their sleeve for one week, perhaps the origin of the expression “wearing your heart on your sleeve.”

I look forward to seeing you on this special day I will be wearing Red underwear so beware.* I look forward to a Red Rose or Two.*

Angelina I wear it so well xxx