per amica silentia lunae

or, across the ferny brae with the evil voodoo celt

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Oldest Valentine's Day Message...
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My Valentinr - evcelt
Get your own valentinr

...in the English language, at least. From Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston, in 1477:

Unto my right well-beloved Valentine John Paston, squire, be this bill delivered.

Right reverent and worshipful and my right well-beloved valentine, I recommend me unto you full heartedly, desiring to hear of your welfare, which I beseech Almighty God long for to preserve unto his pleasure and your hearts desire.

And if it pleases you to hear of my welfare, I am not in good health of body nor of heart, nor shall I be till I hear from you.

For there knows no creature what pain that I endure, And even on the pain of death I would reveal no more.

And my lady my mother hath laboured the matter to my father full diligently, but she can no more get than you already know of, for which God knoweth I am full sorry.

But if you love me, as I trust verily that you do, you will not leave me therefore.

For even if you had not half the livelihood that you have, for to do the greatest labour that any woman alive might, I would not forsake you.

And if you command me to keep me true wherever I go, indeed I will do all my might you to love and never anyone else.

And if my friends say that I do amiss, they shall not stop me from doing so.

My heart me bids evermore to love you truly over all earthly things.

And if they be never so angry, I trust it shall be better in time coming.

No more to you at this time, but the Holy Trinity have you in keeping.

And I beseech you that this bill be not seen by any non earthly creature save only yourself.

And this letter was written at Topcroft with full heavy heart.

Be your own Margery Brews.


They did eventually marry, and apparently lived happily together- one of her later letters ends with a longing to lie in his arms, and still another is addressed to "Mine Own Sweet Heart" (in an era when even husbands and wives tended to be formal with each other in letters...

::happy sigh::

A little antidote to the commercialization.

Happy Valentine's day, everyone.

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Earliest Valentine's Message

Not to quibble, but wouldn't the earliest valentine's message read something like...

"Wanted in fourteen Civites of this Diocese, the condemned is found guilty of murder, armed robbery of citizens, imperial banks, and post offices; the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison, perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children, inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion, receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit money, and contrary to the laws of this Diocese the condemned is guilty of using marked cards and loaded dice...thereby by the powers invested in me by the Emperor Diocletian, I sentence the accused here before me, Benedicto Pacifico Julian Valentine any other aliases he might have, to be thrown into an arena of wild beasts....may the gods have mercy on his soul....proceed."

Just sayin' is all...

Re: Earliest Valentine's Message

Your mama brought you up wrong, honey.

And somewhere, she's laughing her ass off.

Re: Earliest Valentine's Message

1. when people say "not to quibble", they are quibbling.

2. I said that it is the "oldest Valentine's Day message". In my message body, I further qualified it by saying in the English language. What's a-matter with you, boy, can't you read?

3. The name is "Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Ioannes Marius Valentine", and you left out "known as Rattus". Poser.

4. I itch.

5. You are an anti-romantical wackjob. Never change.*

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* except your underwear. change that regularly. some of us have to breathe in here, y'know.

Re: Earliest Valentine's Message

Tuco? That's not a real name. That's a *joke* name, like "Biggus Dickus"

I'm not "anti" romantical. My ideas of romance just aren't quite the same as most everybody else's. Probably because so many of them involve hardware, heavy drinking or firearms.

Happy St. Valentine's Day...


Re: Earliest Valentine's Message

Tuco? That's not a real name. That's a *joke* name, like "Biggus Dickus"

You going to tell him that?

I'm not "anti" romantical. My ideas of romance just aren't quite the same as most everybody else's. Probably because so many of them involve hardware, heavy drinking or firearms.

You're quibbling again. ;-)

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too. What are your massacre plans?

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