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Naturally, more and more capable men were required to to be recruited as soldiers and officers to protect the nation from takeover.
When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, will not make good soldiers. So he issued an edict forbidding marriage to assure quality soldiers.
And thus he secretly performed many marriages for young lovers. It was only a matter of time before Claudius came to know of this "friend of lovers," and had him arrested.
While awaiting his sentence in prison, Valentine was approached by his jailor, Asterius.
There hardly seems to be a young man or woman who is not keen to make the most of the day.
The reason behind all of this is a kindly cleric named Valentine who died more than a thousand years ago.
Education declined, taxation increased and trade witnessed a very bad time.
It was said that Valentine had some saintly abilities and one of them granted him the power to heal people.
Asterius had a blind daughter and knowing of the miraculous powers of Valentine he requested the latter to restore the sight of his blind daughter.
He planned to counter the monarch's orders in secrecy.
Whenever lovers thought of marrying, they went to Valentine who met them afterwards in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony.
It is only some legends that are our source for the history of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition.