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Was Saint Valentine Real?

A question we often get at this time of year: “Was Saint Valentine a real person?”

The short answer: We don’t know, and nobody really does. Even the Catholic Encyclopedia says there were at least three different St. Valentines associated with February 14th.

The most colorful stories, like the imprisoned saint sending a love note signed “From your Valentine,” were almost surely made up later. That’s as the legend got mixed up with Lupercalia, the mate-choosing love birds of Chaucer, and eventually Hallmark (which didn’t get in on the action until 1913).

As with King Arthur and so many other semi-historical figures, we’ll probably never know the truth.

When it comes to February celebs, Punxsutawney Phil is your definite true-life critter… although even he has his questionable aspects.

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