Ahh Valentines Day. Roses and Chocolate or Beheaded Bishop. Which is your cup of tea?

Do you go all squishy and starry-eyed about Valentines Day?  Or are you one of the “I’d rather punch my fist through that stupid heart-shaped box of candy” ilk?

I’ve never been one to turn all gooey on Valentines Day myself, though I totally respect all you Valentines freaks…er…fans. It’s sweet, fun, and boy don’t our floral brothers and sisters make a buttload of money? I would probably get more shmoopy about it, except both my hubby’s birthday and our anniversary happen to fall on the same week. There’s only so much sugar one person can take, right? Because of all that, our family has always just kinda phoned in V-Day.

Don’t get me wrong. Hearts and flowers are awesome.

Hearts and Flowers

 

But given the choice–I’ll take gory over moony any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Which is my not-so-subtle segue into the true story of St. Valentine. His story is one of  torture and beheading and… Sorry. *sniff* That always gets me right in the old soft spot. 

There’s a tangled amount of legend on St. Valentine. But the most prevailing tale (according to  Catholic.Org, and Newsfeed-Time.com ) is that Valentinus was an early Catholic Priest who was persecuted for secretly marrying Christian couples. (awww.) When he was caught, he was beaten with clubs and beheaded.  (aww–erp– I mean… eww…)

Here are some of the murky facts surrounding good old St.V.

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Fast Facts:

  • One Valentine was a Roman priest and doctor who was persecuted by the emperor Claudius II for marrying Christian couples.  Claudius took a liking to Valentine, but Valentine overstepped his bounds when he tried to convert the emperor, and Claudius sentenced him to death – and an ugly death at that.  Lore suggests that he was beaten, stoned, and finally beheaded.
  • Some accounts state that this priest had fallen in love with the blind daughter of his jailer, and signed a letter that he wrote to her “from your Valentine.”  Another tale says that after his brutal death, he performed the miracle of restoring the sight of his jailer’s daughter.
  • There is another Valentine who appears in early martyrologies: a bishop of Terni, Italy, who was also allegedly persecuted in Rome.  It’s been proposed that this man was one and the same as the Valentine executed by Claudius.
  • St. Valentine was said to be interred north of Rome on February 14, though this date may mark his death instead of his burial.
  • The feast of St. Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496.  Some say that Valentine’s feast day is celebrated in February because the church wanted to Christianize an ancient Roman pagan festival called Lupercalia, which centered around fertility and purification, and also took place in February.
  • Valentine’s feast day has been celebrated as a lovers’ holiday and a day of romance since the 14th century, when the date was thought to be the beginning of the mating season for birds.

{{Psst–Lupercalia sounds cool, right?}}

The true story of Valentine may be lost to history, but we can at least choose to enjoy the fruits of his legend. Go have that romantic dinner. Smell those roses. Get yo’ chocolate on, girl! Or.. Go crawl in your recliner in your rattiest sweats and chuck bologna slices at the wall for fun. Whatever floats ya, babe!
Which are you in the box of chocolates?  Do you have a gooey center? Are you all hard nut inside?

I’m a bit of both–maybe leaning toward nut.  (Of course, that nut thing is a whole other story.)

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Janet

I'm one of those chicks who love books so much, I couldn't stand it till I wrote one of my own. I write YA Time Travel, and am dreaming of the day when someone a LOT smarter than me will invent a time machine. I have a wonderful hubby and two amazing boys, who--over the years--have ruined me forever from liking sappy chick-flicks. Now, I'm all about the fantasy. GoT ROCKS!! I am repped by the phenomenal Mollie Glick of Foundry Lit.
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One Response to Ahh Valentines Day. Roses and Chocolate or Beheaded Bishop. Which is your cup of tea?

  1. noldrussell says:

    Here is an animated video version on history of valentine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGx7q4O6w2w
    It tells exactly how Valentine was captured by Claudius, and was executed, right after he wrote the eternally remembered ‘from your Valentine’ letter.

    Feel free to embed the video, it is using CC attribution.

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