True love story of Valentine’s Day.
Several stories speculate Valentine’s exact origin. It is believed that the etymology of ‘Valentine’ stems from a priest in the third century AD. He was eventually martyred by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus.
Claudius II, the ruling emperor of the time, had placed a total and complete ban on marriages. He thought that men who were married made terrible soldiers due to being too distracted, and missing their partners back home. Valentine, knew this was an extremely unfair ruling, and began to marry people in secret. He broke the ban and allowing couples to still celebrate their love, despite the Emperor’s rulings.
The priest had been joining people in marriage secretly and under his nose, the Emperor was furious. He threw Valentine in jail and sentenced him to death.