As with many stories, they change over time. The origins begin to get murky, but yet parts of the story remain. The story of Valentine’s Day is no different. There are different versions that have arisen over time. Here are a couple that have surfaced. Which ones have you heard?
One of the legends state that Valentine was a priest back in third century Rome. The emperor had outlawed marriages because he felt single soldiers made better soldiers. Valentine believed that this was an injustice and continued to secretly marry young lovers. Once he was discovered, he was put to death.
Another legend states that Valentine was imprisoned and fell in love with a young woman who visited him during his time in prison. Before he was put to death it is said that he wrote her a special letter, and signed it “From your Valentine”.
There are many other legends no doubt. No matter the difference in the legend, they all hold Valentine, as a man who was romantic and heroic.