Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ode to a Saint

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

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, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

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  1. I had no idea!!
    Lovely story.
    Thank you soooo much.

  2. Thank You Suzi for the lovely stories ~ I would like to have know Valentine. Our essay in French class this week is to be entitled "My choice of 3 guests for Dinner" maybe dear sweet Valentine could be one of my guests.

  3. Happy Valentine's Day to you too! I had no idea about the story behind it all

  4. Hi Suzi,

    An interesting story about Valentine, isn't it and I remember reading about this.
    Thanks for sharing and may every day be sprinkled with much love. Your photographs are lovely.


  5. So glad to see you back, Suzi. I have missed you... Hope that you had a wonderful Valentine's Day...I enjoyed reading this story


  6. I love the images and the story about Valentine. Very lovely!

    Xoxo ♥

    Rocio R.