Ever wonder where the custom originated, why we use cards and verse, or where the symbolic heart symbol came from? There are several stories behind this popular holiday.
Almost two thousand years ago, a Christian priest in imperial Rome who was martyred under the emperor Claudius II—Claudius the Cruel—has been said to have married couples despite current edicts prohibiting marriage (because the emperor wanted men for his army instead).
It is also said that this same priest, Saint Valentine, sent notes to a jailer's daughter signed, "from your Valentine," when he was imprisoned. Despite this anecdotal evidence, historical experts believe that his only connection to the holiday was simply because of the placement of his name on the Christian calendar.
Charles, the Duke of Orleans, (duc d’Orleans,) was a prisoner of war in 1415 France and became famous for sending his wife romantic poems from an English prison. However, some love experts feel this was not the inciting incident for Valentine's Day either.