Did Chaucer invent Valentine's Day?

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha on Unsplash

The answer is yes - and no. Chaucer wrote in English, not French or Latin, so his poem, The Parliament of Fowls, although commissioned for the marriage of royalty, was of the people and their belief that birds choose their mates on February 14th. 

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.

I hope you're not already sick of the Day because I'm going to ask you to share the love: if you are supporting The Book of Bera: Obsidian because you enjoyed the first book, Sea Paths, would you be willing to tell your friends? Even one or two pledges extra per supporter would get the momentum shifting again post-Christmas. The Unbound model is a great way to reconnect with people I've been meaning to get in touch with and it's amazing how enthusiasm is catching. Spread the joy!

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