"Berengaria" wrote:This is very interesting! So I should assume then that Margaret Beaufort was merely saying her husband was old at 35, because she herself was so young.
Thank you for the information!!
I don't know without the full context, but I would cautiously say yes. Did she say that in real history or just in the novel? I once read that anyone 15 years older than yourself is someone you consider old - LOL! So when you are 15, 30 seems absolutely ancient. When you are 30, 45 is knocking on a bit. When you're 45, 60 seems over the hill. In aristocratic circles, it was a frequent ocurrance for very young women to marry men in their umm.. full prime. From my own research, Isabelle Marshal, aged 17 at the most, married the 42 or 43 year old William Marshal (who then lived until he was 72 and begot his last child at around 64). Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk was in his mid 30's at least when he married Ida de Tosney, King Henry II's former mistress, who would have been in the ballpark of 20 when he married her. He lived to his mid 70's at least.