Many myths and legends surround St Valentine
There seem to be many saints by this name with their lives being intertwined and their deeds attributed to each other, however, there is one fable which seems to have stuck. One St Valentine was a third-century Roman priest during the reign of Claudius II. The emperor forbade young men and women to marry, thinking that unattached men would make better soldiers as women were an unwanted distraction! Valentine disregarded the law thinking it unjust, defied the emperor and secretly betrothed young couples. His actions were discovered, and he was sent to prison, while there it is said that he fell in love with the blind daughter of the jail keeper, Julia. After restoring her sight, Valentine was put to death on the 14th of February. His final act was to send her a note signed ‘from your Valentine’.
This practice of sending love letters invoking Valentine to loved ones on the 14th of February has then long been a tradition. In 1383 Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem about Valentine to honour the first anniversary of the engagement of Anne of Bohemia to King Richard II of England. In 1415 the Duke of Orleans wrote a poem to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Since the Middle Ages onwards people have been associating St Valentines with romantic love, poetry, and the 14th of February.
There are many symbolic romantic motif jewellery items. From cupid double hearts
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