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From: "D. Spencer Hines" <>
Subject: Re: An Adult in the Middle Ages
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 13:06:39 -1000
Do you have a scholarly citation or two for this story?
It sounds worthy of Braveheart.
D. Spencer Hines
Lux et Veritas
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Urania <> wrote in message
> In article <>, says...
> > Hello All,
> > At what age is a Man in the Middle Ages considered an Adult?
> It depends for what purpose.
> Many -if not most - people in the Middle Ages did not themselves
> old they were. Your "age" depended on your biological maturity.
> Therefore, if you were capable of it, you could be married as young
> for a woman or 14 for a man, or earlier if you were precocious.
> By the age of 14 -18 or thereabouts - when you were obviously no
> child, (voice broken, beard sprouting, serving wench accusing you of
> paternity ...)- you could wed or fight, but this did not mean that
> were not under an obligation to take orders from someone else. A son
> would be expected to obey his father until father died or entered a
> monastery. A married woman would expect to do what her mother-in-law
> her, a knight obeyed his feudal lord, a nun obeyed her Mother
> In a feudal and patriarchal society, being adult did not imply the
> freedom it does today.
> However, if in (say) a charter you have both a father and son
> the charter, it may be assumed that the son is old enough to
> what is going on and is entitled to an opinion - especially to give
> consent if family land, which he might expect to inherit, is being
> donated to the church. If he refused his consent, it held up the
> transaction. At best, the donation might have to be renegotiated
> Remember Wat Tyler and the Peasant's Revolt. A Poll Tax had been
> on every adult - the technical age was "14" but this was a
> The tax collector demanded that Wat Tyler pay poll tax on his
> Wat said his daughter was still a child - and therefore a virgin.
> collector, who had been eyeing the girl, offered to f...k her to
> she was an adult [convert her into an adult, even] and liable for
> tax. Wat Tyler hit the tax collector with his hammer and killed
him - as
> any reasonable father would. ... The Peasants' Revolt followed.
> Now this story may not be factually true. It may be propaganda, but
> does illustrate the above point about mediaeval conceptions of age,
> maturity and adulthood.
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