One theory suggests Saint Valentine was a priest who served during the 3rd Century in Rome, who was executed for defying a decree from Emperor Claudius II
that outlawed any remaining single men from marrying as they were better soldiers than those who had already wed.
Circa 270: St Valentine was thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II
The Saint Valentinus was imprisoned and executed on February 14 for defying Emperor Claudius II
ST VALENTINE'S DAY Circa 270: St Valentine was thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II
HAPPENED ON THIS DAY CIRCA 270: St Valentine was thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II
in memory of a kind-hearted Roman priest who was arrested, clubbed, and eventually, beheaded for marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry, ministering to Christians, giving aid to martyrs in prison, and for refusing to renounce his faith during the reign of Emperor Claudius II
, a time when Christians were severely persecuted.
An account from 1400s describes Valentine as a priest who was beheaded by Emperor Claudius II
for helping Christian couples wed.
But the popular account was that he was a priest who was arrested by Roman Emperor Claudius II
for marrying Christian couples who were at the time being persecuted.
St Valentine was a Roman priest at the time when the Emperor Claudius II
ruled and he persecuted the church.
Dear Curious: Yes, Emperor Claudius II
felt that single men made better soldiers than married men, so he outlawed marriage.
Circa 270: St Valentine is thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II
He was a priest in 3rd century Rome at the time of Claudius II