One of the most celebrated occasions worldwide is just around the corner. Lover across the globe are preparing for that one day to indulge in romance that can’t be cheesy; the one day where everyone wants cheesy. But have you ever wondered what’s the story behind the famous day? In history, there are tales about Valentine, and not one is boring.
Valentine was a priest who served during the 3rd century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men, deciding they better off in wars without beloved ones. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Claudius sentenced him to death once he discovered his actions.
Other stories tell us of another romantic assumption. An imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after falling in love with a young girl–the jailer’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, he allegedly wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.
Another legend showcases Valentine’s sympathetically heroic side; a beacon for those in distress. It tells of how he died helping Christians escape Rome’s harsh prisons. All the legends circling Valentine emphasize his heroic, romantic actions. Thanks to such reputation, he’s become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
No wonder Valentine is the father of all lovers―he died defending love.