Candle Lit Dinner With Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine

It appears that there were several Saint Valentines and like all good martyrs, they found themselves at the pointy end of a sharp object. In one case, the Roman Emperor Claudius II had one Saint Valentine beheaded because he continued to marry young couples even though Emperor forbade it.

It’s a little sketchy on why the Emperor was being such a kill joy but there is a suggestion that these were young soldiers getting married and he felt they were more effective warriors as single men. Given that Rome was taking on the might of the barbarian Goths I can see why he was keen to have an effective fighting force but it hardly promotes the message “love conquers all”.

Roman Legions attacking the Goths

 

The version of St Valentine’s Day that we have now, appears to have come about in the middle ages when people noticed that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

It became the day of writing love letters and send lovers’ tokens. A lesser known fact is that Saint Valentine is not only the patron Saint of love and happy marriages but also Bee Keepers. Now I don’t want to take anything away from Saint Ambrose, the patron Saint of Candle Makers, Wax Refiners and Bees and also Bee Keepers but it’s not about him today…

19th Century Love Token (photo by Jerry Woody)

Nothing epitomises a romantic evening better than a candle lit dinner. While you can buy many sorts of candles from paraffin, soy and palm wax – it is the beeswax candle that stands head and shoulders above them all. I think it would be the Queen B candles that would make St Valentine really smile, for they are the one company that truly supports the Australian Bee Keepers. You see, a Queen B beeswax candle is made with 100% pure Australian beeswax.

What is amazing about a beeswax candle is that it’s a natural ioniser, so as it burns it purifies the air and unlike the paraffin, soy and palm wax it also doesn’t give off toxins.

Queen B Marrakech Candle Range

Each candle is hand made by the gifted team of artisans, that make up the fabulous company Queen B. Their knowledge is incredible and their products stand as a true testament to their skill.

Queen B Aussie Gum Candle Range

 

So the next time you are thinking of having a candle lit dinner, head to Queen B to try their beautiful beeswax candles. Let’s face it, it’s not a bad idea to get Saint Valentine onside!

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