Age of marriage in medieval times or paedophilia – religion – nigeria clear discharge during early pregnancy

For girls in particular the age of marriage was much closer than now to the onset of fertility. In the 1600s the minimum legal age for marriage in England was 12. Parliament raised the minimum age for marriage (and the age of consent) to 16 in 1885

Traditionally, the age at which individuals could come together in a sexual union was something either for the family to decide or a matter of tribal custom. Probably in most cases this coincided with the onset of MENARCHE in girls and the appearance of pubic hair in boys, that is, between 12 and 14, but the boundaries remained fluid.

[b]In the Semitic tradition,[/b] betrothal could take place earlier than PUBERTY, perhaps as early as 7-9 years, but the marriage was not supposed to be consummated until the girl menstruated and was of age.


This is analogous to what is obtainable in most part of Africa

[b]In medieval Europe[/b], Gratian, the influential founder of Canon law in the twelfth century, accepted the traditional age of puberty for marriage (between 12 and 14) but he also said consent was meaningful if the children were older than seven. Some authorities said consent could take place earlier. It was this policy which was carried over into English common law. Similarly Gratian’s ideas about age became part of European civil law.

Judges honored marriages based on mutual consent at age younger than 7, and there are recorded marriages of 2 and 3 year olds. The 17th-century lawyer Henry Swinburne distinguished between the marriages of those under seven and those between seven and puberty. He wrote that those under seven who had said their vows had to ratify it afterwards by giving kisses and embraces, by lying together, by exchanging gifts or tokens, or by calling each other husband or wife. A contemporary, Philip Stubbes, wrote that in sixteenth-century East Anglia, infants still in swaddling clothes were married. The most influential legal text of the seventeenth century in England, that of Sir Edward Coke, made it clear that the marriage of girls under 12 was normal, and the age at which a girl who was a wife was eligible for a dower from her husband’s estate was 9 even though her husband be only 4 years old.

In England for example in the parish of Middlesex County, Virginia, there is a record of 14-year-old Sarah Halfhide marrying 21-year-old Richard Perrot. Of the 98 girls on the 10-year register, three probably married at age 8, one at 12, one at 13, and two at 14.

There is simply no historical precedent for the scale of brutality, oppression and persecution inflicted upon humans by other humans in the past century; whether it is through war, political oppression, genocide, secular pseudoideology or systemic financial greed; a fact that holds true even after adjusting for the exponential increase in global population

For example, the wars and religious persecution of the Middle Ages, such as the barbarism of the Crusades and the Inquisition, do not come close to paralleling the condensed horrors of the World Wars, Stalin’s Purges, Mao’s oppression of his own people, the Cambodian Killing Fields and the like.

2. You simply presuppose the truth of the currently ‘fashionable’ moral ideology (humanism, secularism and feminism) without understanding its defects, or without addressing/understanding moral epistemology/ontology in general. The result is that you seem to have a disproportionately optimistic perspective upon the rampant moral depravity and progressive social incohesion currently afflicting the world. (This does not assume that the moral trend in the Middle Ages was stellar, in any sense).

You condemn patriarchal values as unrivalled misogyny; apparently unaware of the substantive historical and biological evidence that contrary ideologies such as feminism are actually the aberrant standards; in that they are culturally harmful beliefs that, at their root, are nothing more than non-empirical ontological assumptions.

(a) Gender psychometry, hormonal/brain architecture analyses, life outcome and sociocultural studies support the traditional view of gender roles as the biologically normative standard. This includes apparently ‘inexplicable’ phenomena such as the Paradox of Declining Female Happiness.

To put it more simply: Women are more unhappy, more unhealthy (physically and mentally), less respected, more abused and neglected, following the loss of patriarchal values. There is nothing historically novel or ‘radical’ about ideas like feminism. Going back millennia, they have invariably been signs of the decline of the culture in which they arise.

Deep Sight: They very fact of the early stage of development of the reproductive organs in a girl of such age, as well as the obvious incapacity to shoulder the gravity of marriage (which is difficult even for adults) should tell you that in WHATEVER AGE such was practiced, it was, is, and ever will be a misconceived and repulsive practice.

According to the CDC data on this (for example, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr53/nvsr53_07.pdf) there is a slightly increased rate of maternal complications with pregnancies among 12 year olds, but the main risk of maternal immaturity is to the health of the child, largely due to the greater probability for the absence antenatal care in young pregnancies.

In other words, though it is not as healthy or optimal to bear children at this age (and something I personally don’t agree with), there is still considerable historical/cultural precedent for child-bearing at this age due to the fact that the biologically accommodates for it. This is far from the ‘aberration’ that you make it out to be. Your argument here is mainly emotional. Re: Age Of Marriage In Medieval Times Or Paedophilia? by zpakln: 7:47pm On Nov 05, 2015