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Both versions agree upon Saint Valentine being a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young men and was executed by the latter.
Whatever the fact, it appears that Valentine in some way did succeed to help Asterius' blind daughter.
It is only some legends that are our source for the history of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition.
As per one legend, the holiday has originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to observed annually on February 15.
It is also said that the emperor tried to convert Valentine to the Roman gods but was unsuccesful in his efforts.
Valentine refused to recognize Roman Gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully.