The Story of St. Valentine
One legend of St. Valentine says he was a Roman priest killed on February 14, 270 for disobeying Emperor Claudius II’s prohibition of performing Christian marriages. Since then, the story goes, he became a saint for lovers. However, it is generally believed that the day commemorating him in the name of romantic love was invented in 14th century England, or at least the tradition of sending printed romantic greetings on that day.
England is also thought to be where giving boxed chocolate on Valentine’s Day began with Cadbury’s creation of elaborate boxes for its bonbons in the Victorian era.