Commentary: The Real Life History of St. Valentine and His Unlikely Connection to Romance

On Feb. 14, sweethearts of all ages will exchange cards, flowers, candy, and more lavish gifts in the name of St. Valentine. But as a historian of Christianity, I can tell you that at the root of our modern holiday is a beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love.

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From Chaucer to the Cadbury Brothers: Chocolate, Love, and Valentine’s Day Is a Centuries-Old Tradition That’s Good for You

Americans will spend approximately 1.8 billion dollars on candy this Valentine’s Day. And the sweet treat most often desired is chocolate! With colorful bags and heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate hearts, bonbons, truffles, cremes, squares, dipped-fruits and more, this delectable and refined delicacy made from cocoa beans raises Valentine’s Day…

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