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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Love Is In The Air


"Legend has it that the origin of Valentine's Day, stemmed from a priest named Valentine who lived in the time of the Roman Empire. Emperor Claudius II wanted a large army and he realized that when he sent the men off to battle they became sullen and missed their families. This was no good for a warrior so he decided to forbid any more marriages. Valentine thought this was absurd, so he went behind Claudius' back and married young couples in secret. This eventually landed him in jail. Many of the young people he married would come by the jail and give him flowers and notes. One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Valentine fell in love with her. On the day he was executed, he left a note behind for this lady and signed it 
 "Love from your Valentine." 
He died Feb. 14." 
excerpt from Col. Kelley Moore
The city of Verona, Italy–where Romeo and Juliet lived in Shakespeare's play,
receives around 1000 Valentines each year addressed to "Juliet".
Many people today sign their cards with an X to symbolize a kiss. 
This tradition is said to have started in Medieval times by people who couldn't write their names. 
They signed their name as an X in front of a witness. 
Then, the X had to be kissed to show they were serious.

Hallmark produced its first valentine in 1913.

 In the 1800's chocolate was recommended to patients 
suffering from a broken heart. It was believed to have helped them calm their longing.  
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The oldest 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.

The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare

The first box of Valentine's chocolates was invented by Richard Cadbury in the 1880's.
(The same Cadbury as Cadbury cream eggs)

It was during the Middle Ages that girls maintained the belief that the first man they would get to see on the Valentine Day would be their future spouse.

Legend has it, in the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. Hence the phrase: 
To Wear Your Heart Out On Your Sleeve

 
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
T. S. Eliot

 Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
Robert Browning

Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so. 
David Grayson
 Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, 
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon
 Edmund Leighton

 Knight and His Lady by Steve Jung

Frederick Leighton

Princess Kaiulani


These lovely photos and art work were placed in no particular order. I hope you enjoyed them–in keeping with the theme of this holiday of sorts–that is upon us come Monday.

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