Antiques and Collectibles at My Granny's Attic;  Antique Porcelain, Vintage Pottery, Antique Stoneware, Antique Dolls, Vintage Books, Costume Jewelry, Vintage Toys, Vintage Dinnerware, Antique China, Antique Metalware, Antique Resources and more Antiques and Collectibles
welcomehappy

Add our Antiques and Collectibles site to your favorites
 

 

Visit and Comment on the Antiques and Collectibles Blog

Do you have a memory about an antique or collectible listed? I would LOVE to hear it and have your permission to post it online - Let me hear from you

Our New Antiques and Collectibles Information Center. It is just in the beginning stages but will be great once it gets up and running. Please be sure to visit.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.  

 

Antique Shop Menu | Antique Resources| Site Map| View Cart/Checkout| Order Status|  

Main Archive Page

Previous Page

Next Page

Feb. 2004 - Newsletter Article Continued

The Oldest Known Valentine

The Oldest Known Valentine

The script dates back to 1477. The oldest known Valentine's Day message in the English language was uncovered by the British Library.

The message was written in Norfolk more than 500 years ago. It was originally bought by the library as part of a collection of papers from a family called Paston in the 1930s. But it was only rediscovered last year.

While the language used to word them may have changed, the sentiments expressed in the message would find sympathy with many people living today.

The Valentine message, which dates back to 1477, is from Margery Brews to her fiance, John Paston. In the message, Margery tells John she has asked her mother to put pressure on her father to increase her dowry, while at the same time saying that, if he loves her, he should be prepared to marry her anyway.

The full text of the letter is below:

"Unto my right well-beloved Valentine John Paston, squire, be this bill delivered.

"Right reverent and worshipful and my right well-beloved valentine, I recommend me unto you full heartedly, desiring to hear of your welfare, which I beseech Almighty God long for to preserve unto his pleasure and your hearts desire.

"And if it pleases you to hear of my welfare, I am not in good health of body nor of heart, nor shall I be till I hear from you.

"For there knows no creature what pain that I endure, And even on the pain of death I would reveal no more.

"And my lady my mother hath laboured the matter to my father full diligently, but she can no more get than you already know of, for which God knoweth I am full sorry.

"But if you love me, as I trust verily that you do, you will not leave me therefore. "For even if you had not half the livelihood that you have, for to do the greatest labour that any woman alive might, I would not forsake you. Love you truly.

"And if you command me to keep me true wherever I go, indeed I will do all my might you to love and never anyone else. "And if my friends say that I do amiss, they shall not stop me from doing so. 

"My heart me bids evermore to love you truly over all earthly things. "And if they be never so angry, I trust it shall be better in time coming. "No more to you at this time, but the Holy Trinity have you in keeping. "And I beseech you that this bill be not seen by any non earthly creature save only yourself. "And this letter was written at Topcroft with full heavy heart.

"Be your own Margery Brews."

 

 My Granny's Attic Antiques and Collectibles & Custom Gifts - Antiques Collectibles Kitsch   Archived Antique Shop Newsletters & Stories  Newsletter Article Pg 2 

 

 

 

 


Search This Antique Shop

Personal Currency Converter

Please Sign Our Guestbook

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.  

Granny's Koffee Klatch Bulletin Board - Check here for website announcements

Great place to learn about antiques, ask questions, for dealers and collectors.

Antique Forum Too... this is our old board which you can still post on but I don't check in very often

Antique Shop Newsletter Subscription
Subscribe

 

 

Free Tell A Friend from Bravenet
 

Prior Sale Policy - NOTICE: Unless stated otherwise all items are vintage, antique or used and subject to prior sale.

Return Policy - Please Read before purchasing from my shop

[Home] [Vintage Porcelain  Pottery China] [Homer Laughlin China] [Vintage Oriental China & Oriental Porcelain] [Collectible Plates] [Vintage Collectible  Tableware] [Vintage Plastic  Dinnerware] [Edwin M. Knowles  & KTK Dinnerware] [Atlas & Salem  China] [Franciscan &  Paden City Pottery] [Restaurant Ware] [Royal China, Scio,  Currier & Ives] [California Pottery] [European   Porcelain pg 1] [J&G Meakin Vintage Dinnerware] [McCoy Pottery] [Antique Crocks] [Infant &  Baby Collectibles] [Glassware] [Figurines &  Decorative Items] [Souvenir Collectibles & Playing Card Collectibles] [Vintage Political  Collectibles] [TeaKettles &  Copper Tea Kettles] [Holiday  Collectibles] [Everything Else] [Vintage Holiday and  Seasonal Collectibles pg 2] [Smoking Related Collectibles] [Giftware &  Handcrafted Items] [Porcelain Bath  Fixtures & Hardware] [Transportation  Collectibles] [Scouts] [Vintage Purses & Handbags] [Vanity Items] [Textiles] [Vintage Clothing -  Children & Adult] [Antique & Costume Jewelry] [Vintage Sewing Items  & Vintage Patterns] [Vintage Books] [Art Gallery] [Vinyl Records] [Sheet Music] [Pixies, Elves Gnomes] [Sports Collectibles] [Antique Furniture  Sewing Machines] [African American] [Collectible Office  Equipment] [Comics & GPK  Cards] [Toys,  Lunch Boxes] [Dolls & Doll Clothes] [FruitJars, Bottles  & Tins] [Collectible Timepieces  & Cameras] [Lighting] [Kitchenware] [Copper Molds] [Graniteware] [Metalware] [Planters  & Garden] [Collectible Ephemera & Advertising] [Barware & Party Items] [Laundry Room  Collectibles] [Vintage & Antique  Woodenware] [Custom Plaques Handpainted] [Custom  Decoupage] [Table of  Contents] [Archived Antique Shop Newsletters & Stories] [About Us] [Links] [Link Exchange & Award] [Awards & Vote  For Us] [Customer  Comments] [Manufacturer  Marks & History] [Value Your  Antiques] [Awards & Vote  For Us] [Wanted Ads] [Days Gone By] [Search Form]

All content is the property of the site owner. Please do not copy or use without written permission from same.  My Granny's Attic Antiques and Collectibles and Custom Gifts | 2000 - 2006 | 913-888-0943 - Appraisal Info - No Phone Appraisals or Offers to Purchase Your Items PLEASE