Saint Valentine was gruesomely beheaded...Happy Valentine's Day!
h, Valentine’s Day. Roses, chocolates, gruesome beheadings…wait, what? Yeah, that’s right, here’s something Hallmark doesn’t play up in its yearly February cash grab – Saint Valentine, of course, became a saint due to martyrdom. Back then, sainthood wasn’t handed out unless you got murdered horrifically in the name of the Lord, and Saint Valentine was no exception.
During the reign of Claudius Gothicus (who loved The Cure), Valentinus was a priest caught marrying Christian couples. At the time, helping Christians was considered giving aid and comfort to enemies of the state, so he was arrested.