Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The real St. Valentine
There he sits (his head, anyway) in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. All that we really know about him is that his feast day is today (February 14) and that he is dead. Stories about him being a priest martyred by Emperor Claudius for secretly marrying Christian couples is a bit of late Mediaeval and Renaissance embellishment, as is his association with love and romance (attributed to Chaucer).
So enjoy your cards, candies and sexy time while you may. You'll eventually be a dead person people make up stories about too.