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Why did Claudius the Cruel behead a priest named Valentine?

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January 27, 2014 5:38PM

As legend goes, the emperor Claudius (probably Claudius Gothicus) outlawed marriages so that he would have more soldiers. Saint Valentine refused to stop the marriages, and so he was killed.

He supposedly healed a blind girl, and wrote a letter to her signed "Your Valentine." Thus, the legend.

Another legend states only that he was beaten and beheaded for giving aid to Christians, and for refusing to convert.