Did Chaucer Invent Valentine's Day?

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The answer is yes - and no. Chaucer wrote in English, not French or Latin, so his poem, The Parliament of Fowls, was of the people and their belief that birds choose their mates on February 14th. Ironic because it was commissioned for the marriage of King Richard II and Anne of Bohemia in 1381.

And whan this werk al brought was to an ende, To every foul Nature yaf his make (mate) By evene acord, and on here way they wende. And, Lord, the blisse and joye that they make! For ech of hem gan other in wynges take, And with here nekkes ech gan other wynde Thankynge alwey the noble goddesse of kynde.

English - but not as we know it. Valentine's Day - but not as we know it. Anyway, wind necks with those you love whoever or whatever they may be (how could I exclude my two Labradors?) and have a lovely day.

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