I’ve been asked to write a post about Saint Valentine’s Day.
Those who asked me to do this, should have known that this was like asking Mr Scrooge to write a post about Christmas.
My reluctance is not for lack of romantic spirit, but from an inborn resistance (somewhere deep in my Presbyterian genetics) to being hustled into organised festivities – especially by card companies, florists and the media-industrial complex.
So let me proceed with my hatchet-job.
Valentine’s day very likely has as much to do with a saint called Valentine as Boxing Day has to do with Mike Tyson.
Mediaeval Christians marked their year – not as we do with financial years, civic holidays and weekends – but with festivals of the church. So, for example, in some of the mediaeval British universities like Glasgow…
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