How on earth did a festival for a martyred saint, become inextricably associated with gifts of chocolate and expressions of romantic love? Ah, history.
It turns out, there were actually three different martyred saints, with three different feast days, and we have that rock star of the High Middle Ages, author Geoffery Chaucer to blame (not really ) for the association with romantic love:
From Geoffery Chaucer’s “Parliament of Foules,”(1382) we have:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make. [Read more…]