Who was Saint Valentine?
Historians are uncertain what stories about Valentine are true. It is known that there was a church dedicated to him in ancient Rome, and he is recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.
There were a number of Valentines recognized as saints, but the one who is most commonly referred to is a priest from the third century who was commemorated on February 14th, which has become the Valentine's Day holiday. There are a number of legends surrounding Saint Valentine, some of which involve him conducting marriages, but none are supported by historical evidence. Another legend is that Valentine befriended the daughter of a jailer while he was imprisoned and gave her a card that he had signed, beginning the romantic tradition of the holiday.
Who invented Valentine's Day?
At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th to be St. Valentine's Day, according to History.com. The day did not become associated with love until the 15th century, when the first written valentines began to appear.
What day was Saint Valentine canonized?
Saint Valentine was canonized on February 14, 496 AD by Pope Gelasius. Catholic lore states that Saint Valentine was a holy priest in Rome who was arrested for opposing Claudius' rule, and then executed for refusing to denounce his faith.
Who wrote the first valentine?
The first valentine was reportedly written by St. Valentine himself, who had been jailed for illegally conducting marriages in second-century Rome, according to the BBC. The story holds that this Bishop Valentine fell in love with the jailer's daughter while in prison, and he wrote her a letter on the day of his execution.
This last-minute written declaration of love was handed off to the object of Valentine's affection, and it was signed, 'from your Valentine,' thus beginning the tradition of love notes known as valentines and the practice of calling one's sweetheart by the same name. Excluded from the practice, fortunately, is what happened to St. Valentine after he passed this note to his love: he was beheaded.