Saint Valentine (Italian: Valentino, Latin: Valentinus) was a 3rd-century Roman Saint, commemorated in Christianity on February 14. From the High Middle Ages his Saints' Day has been associated with a tradition of courtly love. He is also a patron saint of epilepsy. He was a clergyman in the Roman Empire who ministered to persecuted Christians. He was martyred and his body buried at a Christian cemetery on the Via Flaminia close to the Ponte Milvio to the north of Rome, on February 14, which has been observed as the Feast of Saint Valentine (Saint Valentine's Day) since 496 AD. 


<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nuremberg_chronicles_f_122r_1.png" title="via Wikimedia Commons" target="_blank">Michel Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (Text: Hartmann Schedel)</a> [Public domain]

Saint Valentine - Illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493

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Saint Valentine (Italian: Valentino, Latin: Valentinus) was a 3rd-century Roman Saint, commemorated in Christianity on February 14. From the High Middle Ages his Saints' Day has been associated with a tradition of courtly love. He is also a patron saint of epilepsy. He was a clergyman in the Roman Empire who ministered to persecuted Christians. He was martyred and his body buried at a Christian cemetery on the Via Flaminia close to the Ponte Milvio to the north of Rome, on February 14, which has been observed as the Feast of Saint Valentine (Saint Valentine's Day) since 496 AD.


Michel Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (Text: Hartmann Schedel) [Public domain]

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