14 February – The day of love and a prophecy fulfilled

| February 14, 2016

14 February – The day of love and a prophecy fulfilled

If you haven’t got the hint yet – with the shops being full of red roses, teddy bears, chocolates, hearts and roses – today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Now, it is not a modern phenomenon – sorry, you can’t blame card manufacturers and commercialism – because we know, for example, that medieval […]

Valentine’s Day in Tudor England

| February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day in Tudor England

In her book, “Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England”, Alison Sim writes of how the Tudors obviously did celebrate St Valentine’s Day because it is mentioned three times in the Paston Letters* in the 1470s. Apparently, “valentines were chosen by lot from among a group of friends, who then had to buy their valentine a […]