In the third century, Emperor Claudius the Goth not only commanded that the Roman gods must be worshiped, but he temporarily forbade marriage, because he believed single men made better soldiers. Legend has it that Valentine, who was a bishop in Italy, risked the emperor's wrath by refusing to worship idols and for secretly marrying young couples. Saint Valentine was dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and have his head cut off on Feb. 14, A.D.269. While awaiting execution, it is said he prayed for the jailer's sick daughter, who miraculously recovered. He wrote her a note and signed it, "from your Valentine."