The legend of St. Valentine goes back to the pagan festival of Lupercalia, when men whipped women in blood soaked sheep and goatskins to make them fertile. Later, the Christian Church adopted the date as St. Valentine’s Day. We’re not certain who Valentine might have been, as there were several! In a famous medieval love letter of 1477, now housed in the British Library, Margery Brews addresses her suitor John Paston as „my right well beloved Valentine”. (And America hadn’t even been discovered, so you can’t blame the USA card industry!)
The central tragedy of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd originates with a fake declaration of love in a letter from a lady farmer to her older farming neighbour.
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