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In the 12th century Gratian, the influential founder of Canon law in medieval Europe, accepted age of puberty for marriage to be between 12 and 14 but acknowledged consent to be meaningful if the children were older than 7.
It should be noted that Judges honored marriages based on mutual consent at ages younger than 7, in spite of what Gratian had said; there are recorded marriages of 2 and 3 year olds.
The American colonies followed the English tradition, and the law was more of a guide. For example, Mary Hathaway (Virginia, 1689) was only 9 when she was married to William Williams. Sir Edward Coke (England, 17th century) 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 four years old.
Originally posted by Ladysophiaofsandoz
I got married for the first time when I was 14 he was 19. There is a good reason there are laws against this in most states. It lasted seven months and ended with a restraining notice and scars I will carry for the rest of my life.
To any young girls out there He is NOT attracted to you because you are SO mature for your age. He's attracted to you because HE is broken in a way all the love in the world can't fix. My advice to you is to RUN.
People used to get married young because they didn't live as long. They also used to have 20 kids because most of them didn't survive to be adults and you needed the hands to keep the farm going.
Normal well adjusted men are NOT attracted to little girls.
Originally posted by samsamm9
reply to post by Ladysophiaofsandoz
I totally agree with your post.
All I'm saying is, it's stupid to accuse someone of being a pedophile when it was the norm
in a distant past.
The point of this thread is about historical cultural practice of the past, not about today's standards,
get it ??