Just Who Was Saint Valentine?

This is the second post I wrote last year that I’ve decided to reblog recently. After all, information about St. Valentine hasn’t changed since then. Perhaps next year, I’ll find a different angle to talk about. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

Millie Thom

 471px-St-valentine-baptizing-st-lucilla-jacopo-bassanoValentine was a Roman priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius the Second in the third century AD. He is sometimes known as Claudius the Cruel – and is not the Emperor Claudius who was responsible for ordering the building of Hadrian’s Wall across the North of England in AD 122-130.

The story tells us that Claudius believed that married men did not make good soldiers. They worried too much about leaving wives and families behind if they were killed to be truly effective in battle. So Claudius issued an edict, prohibiting the marriage, or engagement, of young people.

Now, Roman society at this time was very permissive, and polygamy was popular. Yet some of the people were still attracted to the Christian faith. Unfortunately for them, since the Christian Church taught that marriage was sacred between one man and one woman, this posed a problem. It was obvious…

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I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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20 Responses to Just Who Was Saint Valentine?

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks for the link, Imran! I’ve had a read, and it adds nicely to what I said in much lesser detail about the very permissive society in Rome at that time. I did a post in December about the Solstice celebrations in Ancient Rome, and highlighted the debauchery and drunkenness that accompanied it.

  1. And I always though hallmark had made him up 😉

  2. Very interesting!
    Have a great day, too! 🙂

  3. Interesting Valentines post.
    There is so much to all holidays!!

  4. nowathome says:

    That was really interesting!

  5. Woah!! I had no idea about this story. Thanks Millie

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Priya. It seems that quite a lot of people had no idea who Valentine was, so I’m glad to have been of help. 🙂
      (I’m in the middle of a blogging break at the moment, so only come on to check it every so often. I need a few weeks to get on with my book – but I’ll be back to normal before too long. Hope all is going well with you!)

  6. A truly interesting article about Valentine, Milli. Thank you. I hope your latest book is coming along just fine. oh, btw, I am a new follower! 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you! I love doing historical posts. It’s funny how many of us celebrate customs and traditions without knowing much about them (me included). I’m on a mission now to try to post about all our British traditions, then I’ll look for other interesting ones from around the world. I know there’ll be plenty celebrated in Germany, for a start.
      Thank you for following me! I’m heading over to your blog in a moment. 🙂

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