History of St. Valentine’s Day: Where’s the Romance?

1480 image depicting St Valentine performing marriage

St. Valentine was martyred on February 14. However, Valentine or Valentinus is the name of at least three martyred saints. The most celebrated are the two martyrs whose festivals fall on February 14. One was a Roman priest, the other, bishop of Terni.

Context

It would appear from legend that both lived during the reign of Emperor Claudius II

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Bill Petro

Bill Petro

405 Followers

Writer and technologist. Author of fascinating articles about history, tech trends, and pop culture. billpetro.com @billpetro