Monday, February 14, 2011

This Week in History 2-14-11

St. Valentine beheaded

According to legend, on February 14 around the year 278 A.D., holy priest Valentine was executed during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Claudius II, also known as Claudius the Cruel, directed Rome through many unpopular military campaigns and therefore needed to maintain a strong army. In order to recruit more soldiers into his military leagues, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome in order to cut men’s familial ties. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret. When his actions were discovered, Claudius ordered Valentine to be put to death. (In reality, the exact identity of St. Valentine is unclear.)


To learn more about the St. Valentine please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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