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When you open a Valentine’s Day card with cheerful red hearts swirling around promises of abiding love, you may not realize the influence of a lovelorn medieval poet.
Geoffrey Chaucer, who famously authored The Canterbury Tales, has a “reasonably good claim to being the founder of Valentine’s Day, at least in the romantic sense,” said Angela Fulk, lecturer in Buffalo State College’s English Department, who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on Chaucer. “He may be the first person, at least in writing, to connect the day to romantic love.”…
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