The History Channel has a good summary of the history of Valentine's Day, and its mysterious origins. It has always been one of my favorite holidays.
The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
And here is an interesting piece on the science of love and attraction.
And even on this day that has come to celebrate love, one can count on some religious morons to find a way to nix any normal expression of love or happiness. What is it with these guys? They put women in shapeless, sexless, identity-less burkhas because they are afraid of women's sexual appetites; and they even ban flowers that are colored red. These guys have very serious problems with their masculinity.
Well, my husband bought me a dozen roses (pink and red); some chocolate-dipped strawberries; and is taking me out to a fancy-schmancy place for dinner tonight to celebrate. Just about anything might happen next...so see ya tomorrow!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!