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. πŸ™‚
Happy Valentine’s Day! ❀

Millie Thom

Β 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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20 thoughts on “Just Who Was Saint Valentine?

    1. 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. Hi Imran. I was hoping you’d pop back while I’m online. I had a few weeks’ break from blogging and have probably missed a few of your posts. Also, I haven’t yet thanked you for the links you sent me in January – when I was trying hard to ignore my blog! I’ll try to get over the check out your posts before I go off again to continue writing my book. Much love and best wishes to you, too.

    1. Ha ha! It often seems that way. So many people have never heard of a St. Valentine…seriously. Even those that have, don’t know much – if anything – about him. Whatever do they teach in schools nowadays? Lol (I never learnt about him at school, did you?)

    1. 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. πŸ™‚
      (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!)

    1. 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. πŸ™‚

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