The History of Valentines Day...in Legends
The history of Valentines Day is truly shrouded in legend. Although it is celebrated all over the world as a day of love and gift giving, no one really knows how it originated. But there are stories...
|St. Valentine (but which one?)|
One legend stemming from that tale is that a priest named Valentine married young people in secret, believing that love and the sanctity of marriage were more important than expanding Rome’s territory. This legend states that Claudius caught wind of these illegal marriages and had Valentine executed.
Another less elaborate legend states Valentine was imprisoned and ultimately executed for merely helping the persecuted Christians.
A romantic addition to the legend states that Valentine (imprisoned for whichever reason you choose) fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. According to one legend, she brought flowers and notes to Valentine from the children in the area who loved and missed him. Prior to his execution, it is said that Valentine wrote a love poem for the lovely jailor’s daughter. He signed the poem “from your Valentine.”
Scholars and researchers have been trying to find an answer to which one of these Valentines is the real one, and which, if any, of the legends is true, for a great number of years.
Remains exhumed in 1836 were identified as St. Valentine’s and placed in Dublin, Ireland at the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. Valentine’s Day Mass includes a casket that is carried to the high alter – where a prayer is said for people in love.
Other relics of St. Valentine can be found in France, Austria, Scotland, and England. England’s Birmingham Oratory holds a gold reliquary on an alter stating it contains the body of St. Valentine, Martyr.
Although we may never know the real story behind this day of love, the legends behind it are intriguing indeed.
And Speaking of Legends...Now for the giveaway!
As a gift to my readers...on Valentine’s Day, I'm giving away a signed copy of my latest book in the Swamp Legend Series, "The Secret in Mossy Swamp: The Legend of the Rougarou." I’ll also include a little Valentine gift. To enter, please tweet, and/or post this giveaway on Facebook, Like my Author Pages on Facebook (if you haven't already), and leave a comment here. I will randomly choose a winner (from the commenters) on February 14, 2017 at noon. So you have plenty of time to get in on the fun.
Nikki says "Happy Valentines Day to all my friends and fans!"
Snooper says "WOOF!"
Here's a blurb from The Secret in Mossy Swamp:
Living in a tiny houseboat, Nikki Landry is stuck with sharing a room with her little brother, Jesse, who does what little brothers do best...torture their sisters. Fed up, she decides to build a place of her own...a tree house where no boys are allowed. Meanwhile, something strange is happening on Bayou Platte. Things and people are coming up missing...and little stick dolls covered in moss, known locally as "signs" from the legendary Rougarou, are showing up in their place.Is the Rougarou really to blame? Can Nikki get to the bottom of the mystery before things get worse? Find out in this third installment of the Nikki Landry Swamp Legends Series!
About the author/illustrator:
Rita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. She enjoys writing and illustrating stories set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state. Her stories reflect her childhood, growing up along the levees and bayous. Rita now lives with her husband, six adopted dogs, and two lazy cats, in the mountains of Tennessee.
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