Professor of History & Religion, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

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The ‘Real’ St. Valentine Was No Patron of Love

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Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So, how did we get from beheading to betrothing on Valentine’s Day?