Who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with love?and is gay love real love?
According to historian Philip A. Florio, very little history is known of Valentine, who was most likely a bishop in third century Rome and was publicly beheaded for refusing to denounce the name of Christ. His feast day was set as February 14 by the Church to commemorate his heroic life.
However, Valentine’s name was not associated with romantic and courtly love until the 14th century, when Geoffrey Chaucer incorporated St. Valentine’s Day into a love poem. The holiday was further made popular in the 19th century, when Valentine?s Day cards were first mass produced.