Monday, February 14, 2011

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Happy Saint Valentine's Day!

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believe how many are Americans so that Valentine did not. However, he is "amimäßig" has become overloaded as well as "Halloween".
is named the day - drum roll - after Saint Valentine (well something like that?), An early Christian martyr, whose memorial Pope Gelasius I set up in 496th Pope Paul VI. Although 1969 was the day out of the Roman calendar of saints deleted, but the religious commemoration is still allowed.
The day of lovers, he was promoted to Geoffrey Chaucer's times and is in his poem at the betrothal of Richard II of England was first mentioned in this context:
For this was on Seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery Bryd comyth there to chese his make.

Chaucer is perhaps the inventor of today's Valentine's Day, even though he is certainly not the 14th February has meant, but perhaps more the 2nd May, who was on a day of betrothal, and second the anniversary of Valentine of Genoa.
Since 15 Century there were in England the couple and the Valentine Ideal of courtly love was celebrated with them.
Shakespeare mentioned the day Hamlet and Ophelia can talk like this: To-morrow
is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betimes, And I a maid at
your window,
To be your Valentine. Then he rose up
, and donn'd his clothes, And
dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid Never departed more

Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

And the great John Donne has immortalized the day in one of his poems - romantic also become a cause, namely the marriage of Elizabeth, the daughter of King James' I, of Frederick V of the Palatinate. (The wedding took place on Valentine's Day.)
Here is an excerpt:
Hayle Bishop Valentine Whose day this is
All the Ayre is thy Diocese
And all the chirping querist
And other birds ar thy parishioners

from Count Palatine Frederick vpon Epithalamion and the Lady Elizabeth marryed on St. Valentines day , John Donne


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