Cupid was a “demon of fornication” according to the sixth-century Archbishop Isidore. Photo: Alamy

The real history behind Valentine’s Day is not what we’re led to believe

  • It wasn’t invented by greeting card companies and Cupid was not a sweet, chubby toddler – just two of the myths surrounding Valentine’s Day
  • The holiday also probably didn’t evolve from a drunken Roman festival involving hitting women with the hide of a sacrificial goat to increase their fertility
Topic |   Valentine's Day

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Cupid was a “demon of fornication” according to the sixth-century Archbishop Isidore. Photo: Alamy
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