Here beginneth the Life of S. Valentine,
and first the interpretation of his name.
Valentine is as much to say as containing valour that is
perseverant in great holiness. Valentine is said also as a valiant knight, for
he was a right noble knight of God, and the knight is said valiant that fleeth
not, and smiteth and defendeth valiantly and overcometh much puissantly. And so
S. Valentine withdrew him not from his martyrdom in fleeing, he smote in destroying
the idols, he defended the faith, he overcame in suffering.