Saturday, February 11, 2012

Today It Starts

Hi Everyone!

Valentine Day Blog Hop
 Today is the first day of the Valentine Day Blog Hop promoted by The Blog Hop Spot and I’d like to welcome you all! Please go to their event page for all the details at Valentine Blog Hop Event Page. and see the wonderful group of authors that are promoting there. There are two-hundred and sixty three authors, that’s right you heard it, 263 authors who want to give things away to you! Glad you could stop by! Click on some or click on all, with each you’re guaranteed to find great authors with fabulous giveaways.

For my contribution to the gift giving, I will be giving away a $10 gift certificate to Amazon OR ARe and one copy of my latest ebook, A Lover for Rachel, each and every day from February 11 through February 14 from the group of commentors. Wait – there’s more! Everyone will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing for a $25 Amazon or ARe gift card and a copy of the entire Santa’s Elves collection in ebook. The Grand Prize drawing will take place February 15. How’s that for a fantastic Valentine’s gift?

Today, I’d love to look at the Valentine’s Day itself and its origins. While most of you might think they aren’t romantic, I would beg to differ. Valentine Day started in 496 A.D. by Pope Gelasius I in honor of the many church martyrs named Saint Valentine. Pop Paul VI deleted it off the official Roman Calendar of saints in 1969, so it has no affiliation with church at all.

We have Geoffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages to thank for associating the day with romantic love. Chaucer wrote in Parlement of Foules in 1382 and combined Valentine’s Day with love. Here are those famous lines:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

Roughly translated that means, “For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” Isn’t old English grand? LOL! Chaucer wrote this poem to honor the 1st anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia. They married when they were just fifteen years old.

A “High Court of Love” was established in Valentine’s Day in 1400 in the romantic city of Paris. That particular court dealt only with issues that involved love such as contracts, betrayals and violence against women. The judges were selected by women on the basis of a poetry reading.

Even the Bard himself mentions Valentine’s Day in the play Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5. It goes something like this:

To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

Modern day Valentine’s more than likely started in Victorian England where paper Valentines became so popular that they were assembled in factories. Leigh Eric Schmidt reinvented Valentines for England in the 1840s while Ester Howland did the same in the US in 1847. The second half of the 20th century found the practice of just exchanging cards was changing to include all sorts of gifts such as roses and chocolates, many packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box. In the 1980s the diamond industry began to take notice and prompted many to make it an occasion for giving jewelry. In 2010, there were an estimated 15 million e-valentines sent to Valentine’s all over the world.

Can one get any more romantic than that?

Please continue on with the blog hop at Valentine Blog Hop Event Page and hope to see you back here tomorrow!



  1. Hope you have a naughty Valentine's Day.

  2. What a fun blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win an amazon gift card! Love that you also have a "grand prize"!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  3. Nice column. Interesting facts. Never knew that Shakespeare also wrote about it. Too bad Pope Paul VI removed it from the church's calendar. Happy Valentine Day!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Savannah! Yes, it will be a very naughty Valentine's...LOL!


  5. Books4me,

    I can't take credit for the hop, just the blog...LOL! Glad you're enjoying it...I'm loving it too!

    Yup, the grand prize will be fun to give out!


  6. Hi She!

    I was amazed that Shakespeare wrote that in-depth about it. Don't get me wrong, he was a great believer in love with Romeo and Juliet but more of a believer in the tradegy of the emotion.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  7. wow you pick good one what about rocky and his gf and then what about napoleon bonapart and desiree
    yea that who i was name after and my dad and mom seen the movie

    have great valentine day
    desi the blondeat msnd dot com

  8. Thank you sharing and for the great giveaway! Happy Valentines!