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Valentine’s Day is actually named for two different Roman saints, both called Valentine and both utterly unconnected to romantic love.
Though legend persists that the original St. Valentine was a priest who performed illegal marriages for Emperor Claudius’ soldiers, there’s no evidence to suggest this ever happened.
The first mention of St. Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday appeared in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer in 1382. With the medieval period came a new focus on illicit but chaste courtly love, and it is here that we see some of the familiar iconographies begin to appear. Knights would give roses to their maidens and celebrate their beauty in songs from afar.
But sugar was still a precious commodity in Europe, so there was no talk of exchanging candy gifts.
The Cadbury chocolate boxes grew increasingly elaborate until the outbreak of World War II, when sugar was rationed and Valentine’s Day celebrations were scaled down.
But Victorian-era Cadbury boxes still exist, and many are treasured family heirlooms or valuable items prized by collectors.
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