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How Did Saint Valentine's Day Develop?
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The fact that Saint Valentine's Day is near spring and foreshadowed it could have made it more festive. In some regions, Saint Valentine began to be associated with spring since it was often the time people began to rework in their fields in preparing for the planting season. However, these events did not associate the day with love. Although the Roman and other stories associated with Saint Valentine could have connected the day with love, other later traditions may have further added to this idea. Geoffrey Chaucer, the famous early English author, wrote that the time was associated with birds beginning to pair themselves. In effect, it was a time of pairing and matches.
In 1400, Charles VI of France commissioned <i>Charter of the Court of Love </i>, which was a charter where on February 14th contests would be held related to love songs and poetry readings about love. While the story of this are not certain, what we do know is by the 15th century people did begin to wish their beloved valentine greetings. The Duke of Orléans, who was captured in battle against the English, wished his wife a sweet valentine. In England, Valentine's Day also began to be associated with gifts of sweets for children. By 1600, Shakespear's Hamlet has Ophelia discuss her love for Hamlet on Valentine's Day.
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