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Valentine Day

Claudius was a funny kind of chap. His chief contribution to Roman Society of the time was to outlaw marriage. He felt married men made rotten soldiers since they were reluctant to be away from their families. Valentine, a Bishop, Disagreed. Believing that youth should be free to marry, he secretly performed service of matrimony and united the couples who came to him.

For this efforts , Valentine was eventually caught and brought before Claudius. Realising that he couldn't persuade Val to stop his deplorable activity, the emperor sentenced him to be beaten , stoned and decapitated. The gruesome death is supposed to have occurred on February 14, AD 270

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