[Sca-cooks] Age and maturity in the Middle Ages

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 15 02:09:11 PDT 2007

She was engaged and the treaty of marriage was signed when she was 6
years old, the marriage ceremony was held when she was 16.

"The French, remaining true to the Auld Alliance, came to the aid of
the Scots. The new French King, Henri II, was now proposing to unite
France and Scotland by marrying the little Queen to his newborn son,
the Dauphin François. This seemed to Marie to be the only sensible
solution to her troubles. In February 1548, hearing that the English
were on their way back, Marie moved Mary to Dumbarton Castle. The
English left a trail of devastation behind once more and seized the
strategically located town of Haddington. By June, the much awaited
French help had arrived. On July 7, the French Marriage Treaty was
signed at a nunnery near Haddington.
[edit]Childhood in France

With her marriage agreement in place, five-year-old Mary was sent to
France in 1548 to spend the next ten years at the French court. Henri
II had offered to guard her and raise her. On August 7, 1548, the
French fleet sent by Henri II sailed back to France from Dumbarton
carrying the five-year-old Queen of Scotland on board. She was
accompanied by her own little court consisting of two lords, two half
brothers, and the "four Marys", four little girls her own age, all
named Mary, and the daughters of some of the noblest families in
Scotland: Beaton, Seton, Fleming, and Livingston."


On 9/15/07, S CLEMENGER <sclemenger at msn.com> wrote:
> Uhh.  No.  She was married when she was 15 (in 1558, IIRC).
> --maire, emerging from lurkdom
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Ana Valdés<mailto:agora158 at gmail.com>
>   To: Christiane<mailto:christianetrue at earthlink.net> ; Cooks within the SCA<mailto:sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>   Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 10:51 AM
>   Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Age and maturity in the Middle Ages
>   I am not sure I understand the point. Yes, many rulers were teenagers
>   but they had scores of generals and priests and relatives to help
>   them. The concept "extended family" was capital in a time where wealth
>   and power were linked by marriage.
>   Mary Stuart was a queen when she was only a few days old and she was
>   married when she was 6 years old. But she ha regents and people around
>   until she was old enough.
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