Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules as a Valentine Fable The Subversive Poetics of Feminine Desire
Jost, Jean A.
In parentheses: Papers in Medieval Studies Vol.1 (1999)
Chaucer’s initiation of St. Valentine’s Day as a celebration for love-birds of all species began a remarkable tradition of wide social and cultural still blooming today in florists’ and Hallmark shops around the world. Smitten medieval courts eagerly implemented Chaucer’s literary suggestions, instituting programs to further the already well known practice and policy of courtly love. By the time of his death, these practices were becoming institutionalized not only in England but in France and elsewhere as well.