As a holiday celebrated for a Catholic Saint, Valentine’s Day’s connection to love and romance can initially seem to have evolved from nowhere. However, once the legends surrounding Saint Valentine have been explored, his rebellious actions emphasize the power of love and question the current commercialisation of the day which supposedly commemorates him. Our current age of consumerism begs the question: has Valentine’s day evolved past recognition? Is the holiday still worth celebrating?
Shakespeare called her the “she-wolf of France” and a “hateful withered hag” but was Margaret of Anjou really as bad as that? I’d argue not and that it is time to reassess the misogynistic, xenophobic views that have led to her presentation as a stereotypical villain. Margaret was married to Henry VI of England and […]