Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy St. Valentine's Day



Using the language of the law courts for the rituals of courtly love, a "High Court of Love" was established in Paris on Valentine's Day in 1400. The court dealt with love contracts, betrayals, and violence against women. Judges were selected by women on the basis of a poetry reading.


The earliest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. It is probable that the various legends about St. Valentine were invented during this period.
Among these legends: On the evening before Valentine was to be martyred for being a Christian, he passed a love note to his jailer's daughter that read, "From your Valentine."

During a ban on marriages of Roman soldiers by the Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine secretly helped arrange marriages.

The Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

10 comments:

Yoga Korunta said...

Elizabeth, you are the only one!

B.E. Earl said...

Shocking about the 85% of valentines bought by women.

I was at the store today and I was one of about 30 men searching for that perfect card.

Found it, by the way. She's gonna hate me. Hehehe!

Mark said...

"She's gonna hate me."

Well I see someone has missed the point of VD! LOL

Happy Valentine's Day, Elizabeth!

elizabeth said...

Happy Valentine's Day boys!

Kat said...

Hey! You changed your look :o)
Happy Valentine's day lizzy!

elizabeth said...

I did! Thought it was about time... Happy Valentine's day Kat!

Yoga Korunta said...

Wow! You look better with each pic!

elizabeth said...

LOL. Yeah, make up does wonders...

Green Fish said...

Happy Vday!

elizabeth said...

Happy Vday!