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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-14-09 12:13 PM
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25. Child marriages were reasonably common among the
nobility in the Middle Ages, but in most instances, once the ceremony was over the 2 individuals were separated until they reached a more mature age - 15 or 16 was not uncommon, if not later. There would be a ritual that would ceremonially consummate the union, but actual sexual consummation was in most of the cases I've read about, delayed. The mother of one of the Tudor monarchs,Marget Beauford mother of Henry VII I think - refused to permit early marriages of her grandchildren because of her experience as a very young bride and mother. She only had the one child because of a difficult labor at the age of 13 or so.
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