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All the existing legends are telling that Valentine was a priest living in the 3rd century A.D. in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that lonely men make better soldiers than married ones, he prohibited young men best suiting for service to get married. Realizing all the unfairness of this ban, Valentine countered to Claudius and secretly carried out marriage ceremonies. When Claudius learned that, Valentine was sentenced to death.
Stories often stop at this spot. However, there are various sequels to the legend about Valentine.
Being imprisoned, Valentine fell in love with warder's daughter. According to one of the legends, she took care of him during his imprisonment. According to another one, she was blind and the warder asked Valentine to cure her blindness, as Valentine was also a healer. The priest advised her to prepare special ointment. Unfortunately, it didn't help.
On February 14th, 270 A.D. right before the execution Valentine wrote a farewell love-letter and signed it with words "From your Valentine"). He also put a bit of yellow saffron inside of the letter. When the lady was holding it, she could see the bright color of the grass. A miracle happened... The girl became sighted.
In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius declared January 14th St. Valentine's Day.
Legends describe Valentine as tender, brave and the most romantic person in history. No wonder Valentine was one of the most popular priests throughout England and France in the Middle Ages.
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Happy Valentine's Day!
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