Who needs a boyfriend when you have the greatest father in the world for a Valentine?
I stumbled upon the oldest existing Valentine letter, written by a woman to her fiancé. If only people could express their feelings like this nowadays:
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.
By your own Margery Brews