"Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families.
As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in
He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. While in jail, awating his fate, he became aquainted with the jailers daughter and fell in love with her, the night before his death, he wrote his last letter to her, it was signed, "from your valentine". Thus, the custom of valentines and valentines' day."
It's a pretty neat story. Though I wonder how the whole "chocolate" thing came about. (Not that I mind.)