Today in History: St Valentine

| February 14, 2017

170213_news_219x365The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

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.  slide design-St Valentine

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