[LMB] age differences

Jelbelser jelbelser at comcast.net
Sat Dec 11 01:00:05 GMT 2021


> But among ordinary folk, large age gaps (and marriages where one or both party was an adolescent) were far rarer. Sure, there were times when the average age at first marriage got really low, especially for women, but in most eras in most places the majority of people got married (for the first time, anyway) in their twenties. Why? Combination of economics (you have to have the resources to support a family, which takes time to acquire) and not being stupid (women who have kids in their teenage years are much more likely to die in childbirth and have sickly kids, which is a problem if producing more kids to work the land is part of the point of a marriage.)
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> Beatrice Otter

And puberty was significantly later.

Janet in TN




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