[Sca-cooks] Age in the Middle Ages (was Re: Hildegard's dips?)
agora158 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 04:19:59 PDT 2007
Sorry I was a bit sloppy in my redaction! 40 years was possible not
old, but Hildegarde was definitely old for her time's life
expectations! She outlived four popes and three emperors, 81 years was
definitely old in the 1100!
See the ages of some of her contemporaneans, William the Conqueror,
1028-1087, Pope Urban the II, 1040-1099.
On 9/14/07, Laura C. Minnick <lcm at jeffnet.org> wrote:
> 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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