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The Knave of Hearts

I have featured hearts in random ways for Valentine’s Day posts in the past: heart-shaped maps, the heart-in-hand motif, hearts seized by love during the Renaissance, hearts as emblems, the Queen of Hearts. This week I’m featuring one of her...
From: streets of salem on 11 Feb 2020

Love, Courtship, and Marriage in the Regency Era

Inquiring readers, Today is Valentine’s day, a perfect time to revisit some of Jane Austen’s most romantic and memorable quotes. I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul....
From: Jane Austen's World on 14 Feb 2019

Tales from the Archives: Lizards and Lettuces: Greek and Roman Recipes for Valentine’s Day

The Recipes Project is now six years old, and that means we host a lot of content! We now have over 700 posts in our archives. (And thank you to our contributors for sharing such a wealth of knowledge on recipes). But with so much material on the...
From: The Recipes Project on 14 Feb 2019

Hastened Hearts

I have always focused on hearts for St. Valentine’s Day and this year will be no exception: even in the midst of my Phillips frenzy. Actually, I could showcase some Phillips materials because for some reason, among the thousands of materials in...
From: streets of salem on 14 Feb 2018

A Valentine Story

So its that time of year again when the world becomes saturated with hearts, chocolate, and romance. This post will perhaps bring you a few moments of relief from all things romantic, as we take a look at Valentine Greatrakes (see the clever segue we...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 14 Feb 2018

Tales from the Archives: Love Magic in Eighteenth-Century Russia

In 2017, The Recipes Project celebrated its fifth birthday. We now have nearly 650 posts in our archives and over 160 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! (And thank you so much to our contributors for sharing such...
From: The Recipes Project on 13 Feb 2018

It began with a Fan

The story of my great-grandparents’ courtship could be more accurately titled “it began in East Boston”, but my point of entry into their relationship is a fan given by Joseph W. McIntyre to Katherine G. Wall in 1896. Their daughter,...
From: streets of salem on 13 Feb 2017

Romance and Valentine’s Day: An Interview with Dr Danijela Kambaskovic-Schwartz

  Figure 1: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, 1855. Courtesy of Tate Creative Commons.What are you passionate about? I am passionate about many things, but I am most passionate about my husband and my family, the deep love and...
From: Histories of Emotion on 13 Feb 2017

What’s Love Got to Do With it?

Today is Valentine’s Day, the day on which we all are grateful for those we love and those who love us.  These days we are quite used to knowing details about each other’s lives and relationships, and it is a constant frustration that...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 14 Feb 2016

Love and cognition

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1486). The Uffizi, Florence.By Danijela Kambaskovic St Valentine’s Day has arrived an our wedding day is fast approaching. Even though Darren and I have been together for six years,...
From: Histories of Emotion on 13 Feb 2016

How to find your Valentine – Georgian style

Well, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s a leap year, so what are you waiting for, it’s the perfect time to find your soul mate. The Georgians were no different – they believed that they had to pull out all the stops...
From: All Things Georgian on 11 Feb 2016

Love and Marie Corelli

February, the month millions of us send Valentines, seems a good time to discuss novelist Marie Corelli and her romantic books. Marie lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and many of her books can be found in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Library.  This blog...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 24 Feb 2015

Valentines from the Great War

Oddly enough, love and war often do together and we all know that absence often makes the heart grow fonder, so it’s only natural that the burgeoning greetings card industry would flourish during World War I. In the west, domestic producers had...
From: streets of salem on 14 Feb 2015

A Salem Romance

I have a real romance author as a neighbor, so I am venturing into this territory with some trepidation, but as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches I want to shift the focus from snow, snow, snow, which is all we are talking about here. In Salem,...
From: streets of salem on 12 Feb 2015

Valentine’s Day in the Georgian Era

Courtesy of the British Museum   There were many different customs and traditions surrounding Valentine’s Day, one of which baffled the unsentimental writer of this letter to the newspaper. Derby Mercury – 7th March, 1782 Sir, Amongst many customs...
From: All Things Georgian on 12 Feb 2015


Six feet of snow in the last two weeks have buried eastern Massachusetts. We received 19 inches of snow here in Salem from this last slow-moving storm, which landed on top of the 4+ feet that was already there. Last week, I laughed when I ran into people...
From: streets of salem on 10 Feb 2015

Lizards and lettuces: Greek and Roman recipes for Valentine's Day

As you prepare to tuck into your oysters, followed by a garlicky main course, and a chocolaty desert on Valentine’s night, spare a thought for the Greeks and Romans, whose aphrodisiacs I now present to you. Ancient medical treatises contain …...
From: The Recipes Project on 10 Feb 2015

Occupational Art

I’m looking forward to the Valentine’s Day opening of the exhibit “Cosmopolitan Consumption: New England Shoe Stories, 1750-1850″ at the Portsmouth Athenaeum: it is co-curated by my friend Kimberly Alexander and strikes me as the...
From: streets of salem on 7 Feb 2015

Lupercalia: an alternative mid-February holiday

At this time of year we are so used to marking Valentine’s Day it is easy to be misled into thinking that this was the only festival ever to be celebrated at this point in our calendar. There is, however, a more ancient festival celebrated at this time...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 17 Feb 2014

The blood red dress

Evening dress, Valentino, 1987. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Evening dress, McCardell (American), 1950. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Happy Valentine’s Day if you’re into that sort of thing. Happy Friday and...
From: Madame Guillotine on 14 Feb 2014

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