Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

As we approach February 14th we'd like to wish all our readers a happy Valentine's Day. The origins of the day date back to the third century when St Valentine annoyed the emperor Claudius II. Claudius had him thrown in jail, where he fell in love with the gaoler’s daughter and sent her a letter signed, From your Valentine.

The day has been celebrated down the centuries. Some notable supporters of the day were Charles, Duke of Orleans, who sent a Valentine’s poem to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, after he was captured at the Battle of Agincourt and King Henry V, who had John Lydgate write a Valentine note for Catherine of Valois.

But perhaps the greatest supporter of the day was Henry VIII, who made February 14th "St. Valentine's Day" by Royal Charter.

We hope that your Valentine's Day brings you everything you wish for!

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