Tuesday, 1 February 2011

February already?????

Here are some facts for February that i read:

3rd - The composer of A Midsummer Nights Dream and 'The wedding march' , Felix Mendelssohn, was born in Hamburg in 1809.

7th - Charles Dickens was born in 1812

10th - In 1840, in this the 'Month of love', Queen Victoria married her beloved Prince Albert
Queen Victoria reigned over England for 63 years. She was 21 when she married Albert. She was totally besotted with him and it was her that proposed!
It was this great monarch who is supposed to have said 'We are not amused'.
The love match lasted until Albert died in 1861. She was heart broken, she had built, The Albert Memorial and The Royal Albert Hall as monuments for her late husband.
After 1861 she never came out of black mourning dress.
Prince Albert - brought the Christmas tree tradition to England in 1840. He had presented one to his wife. She loved the German custom so much that soon the whole of England were decorating trees.

This month rent out 'The young Victoria' (Below)

14th - Valentines day.
In AD 269 Valentine was martyred. He was a crusader for true love.
Roman Emperor Claudius was trying to recruit men to join his army. No one wanted to go to war, they wanted to stay home with their families. Claudius banned weddings - his logic being that if men were no longer married they would sign up to fight for him. There was huge opposition including that from Valentine. He started to secretly marry couples. Claudius found out and was so angry he had Valentine beaten to death.
The legend goes that he left a farewell note to the jailers daughter who he had befriended, saying 'From your Valentine'.
To honor his memory in AD496 Pope Gelasius set aside this date for romance!!



Andi's English Attic said...

Very interesting. Especially the bit about St. Valentine and Claudius.

I once was in a short sketch called 'Woman Proposes' and played Victoria having to propose to Albert because she was a monarch and he only a prince. She was supposed to have married Albert's brother but I believe he suffered from haemophilia and so was rejected. I could be wrong. xx

Kelly said...

Waht great February facts! Love them! My hubbys birthday (on the 5th) should surely be on the list of very important February events ha ha!!!
Thank you so much for the kind comments you have left on my blog following the birth of Sophie! Its a bit of a struggle to get on line as often but I enjoy keeping up to date with everyone's posts!

BuTtOnZ said...

Wonderful February facts, I love it!!!
February is fab, its that time of year that you just want to snuggle up on the sofa with a huge mug of tea and watch films!
And its my birthday month!! This year wont be so good as im coming up to the big 3 0 !!!! Aaaargh!!!!

MelMel said...

Cools facts!

I was so pleased with the CK tins, wanted them for ages, but could not justify the spend....nice for organising bits n bobs in!
Maybe something nice will be there for you on St Val's day!

I'd love a bit of something from Tiffany's...*pauses and watches a pig fly past*

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Very interesting post.
I love Feb because it contains my wedding anniversary.

Kandi said...

Lovley factiods. I love that valentine pic I would be delighted to get a card like that!
Kandi x