Happy St. Valentine's Day

Today we celebrate Valentine's Day, a day to appreciate our special friends and family.

Origins of the Holiday:
There are a few famous martyrs that went by the name of Valentine.

One of the most popular was a Roman priest during the reign of Claudius II whose story appears in the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). Valentine was arrested and imprisoned for aiding Christians who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. His crime was marrying Christian couples when Claudius banned marriage because he thought married men made bad soldiers.  For these crimes Valentine was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stones but when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded.

While there are still stoning and be-headings going on around the world 600 years later at least the holiday has grown sweeter.  The majority of Americans exchange cards and chocolates as a way of showing affection to one another creating a billion dollar industry.

I'm not knocking the holiday, I do celebrate with small trinkets and candies for my closest peeps and family.  My favorite aspect of the holiday is the romance.  I am a story lover and some of my favorite are romcoms. I watch them all.  So let's get to the good stuff.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about love. 

The Nuremberg Chronicle is an illustrated history of the world from creation to its publication in 1493. It follows the story of human history as related in the Bible while also including digressions on natural catastrophes, royal genealogies and the histories of a number of important Western cities. Hartman Schedel, a Nuremberg physician and humanist scholar, compiled the work. It was illustrated and engraved by leading artists of the day, Michael Wohlgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, and published by Anton Koberger, the largest printer and publisher in Germany at the time. It is also referred by Latin scholars as Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles), English speakers refer to it as the Nuremberg Chronicle after the city in which it was published and German speakers refer to it as Die Schedelsche Weltchronik (Schedel's World History) in honor of its author.

Thanks to the internet we can view the entire book online. This is so cool. Check out this page with an ilustration of Paris.