[Sca-cooks] Age in the Middle Ages (was Re: Hildegard's dips?)

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Thu Sep 13 17:26:42 PDT 2007

At 05:17 PM 9/13/2007, you wrote:

>On Sep 13, 2007, at 9:06 AM, Ana Valdés wrote:
> > She lived 81 years, an enormous livespan at that
> > time when people were old at 40!
>Um ... no.
>[rant = on]
>The idea that people in the medieval period were "old" when they were
>in their forties is a gross misconception.
>The average life *expectancy* was indeed much lower than it is now -
>say around 45 years - but what that means is that *on average* people
>would live that long.  This statistic is skewed however by the high
>infant mortality rate of the time.

Thank you Daniel, for saving me the trouble... :-)

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