Myth of Medieval Mortality

Of the many inaccurate pieces of information that we often hear about the Middle Ages, one of the most often repeated is that the average medieval person only lived to be about 35 years old. The myth of the short medieval life expectancy is not inaccurate so much because it is false, but because it conveys a false impression of medieval life to people who do not know what life expectancy is. Clearly, most medieval adults lived well past their 30s. If they didn’t, it would be difficult to see how there would have been much time to accomplish anything. A civilization whose adults could not expect to live past their 30s would scarcely be able to produce the marvels that came out of the medieval epoch. Continue reading “Myth of Medieval Mortality”