Today in History: St Valentine
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love, and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine.
The lot was cut and then I drew,
And fortune said it should be you.
— traditional English nursery rhyme, A Valentine for You
Valentine of Terni (176-circa 270 A.D.) was a Roman priest who suffered a three part execution (being beaten, stoned, and decapitated) for secretly marrying young people in defiance of the ban on marriage. Under the reign of Emperor Claudius II, marriage was considered a detriment to war, as it was believed to have discouraged soldiers from going off to the battlefield. Valentine was martyred on February 14th, and to this day, we recognize his life through gifts to our beloved.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Gentle St Valentine: The Day of His Martyrdom Made a Holiday. (1891, Feb 14). Daily American (1875-1894)
- History of St Valentine. (1893, Feb 04). Weekly Irish Times (1876-1920)
- Rankin, A. (1919, Feb 14). In Praise of St. Valentine. Nashville Tennessean and the Nashville American (1910-1920)
- From Valentines to Vespers: Transition from the Crisis of Carnival Time to the Period of Lent. (1920, Feb 15). The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945)
- Mayfield, A. (1931, Feb 08). Saint Valentine’s Day in History and Legend. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File)
- The Story of St. Valentine. (1962, Feb 10). The Sun (1837-1991)
- Palmer, V. (1963, Feb 04). St. Valentine’s Day: History and Customs. The Sun (1837-1991)
- Gent, G. (1971, Feb 13). 1844 Elizabeth Barrett Poem Pledged Valentine Love. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Wainwright, M. (1979, Feb 15). Classifying St Valentine. The Guardian (1959-2003)
- No767: St Valentine. (1996, Feb 14). The Guardian (1959-2003)
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