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Judith of France married Ethelwulf of England aged 13, later marrying his eldest son and successor Ethelbald,,,
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Im reading about this girls who marry under 12-doesnt a girl have to be fertle to marry a royal or future king?
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Im reading about this girls who marry under 12-doesnt a girl have to be fertle to marry a royal or future king?
No- the idea was they'd produce heirs when the time was right and if they proved to be barren, they were cursed, called witches, killed or the marriage annualled....never the Kings fault- Henry VII's mother had him at 14 so that's fertile- people got married/pregnant very young back in those days
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Im reading about this girls who marry under 12-doesnt a girl have to be fertle to marry a royal or future king?
Royal marriages were dynastic until the 20th century. A princess might be betrothed to a foreign prince or king at a very early age to cement an alliance and the marriage would not be solemnized or consummated until many years later.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:37 PM
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I'm glad though, that while dynastic marriages were the rule within the royal families way into the 20th century, they stopped marrying off princes and princesses so young, that they still were children. The youngest bride in the history of the Bernadotte dynasty (the current Swedish royal dynasty) was Josephine of Leuchtenberg, who was sixteen years old. And even she was allowed two "white years", when her husband wouldn't have sex with her yet.
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Did anyone mention Isabelle D'Angoulême, who married King John of England at about age 12? Some sources say age 9, but I think there's now general agreement that she was 12.
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Isabella of Valois, queen of Richard II of England, was six years old when she became queen consort, Isabella of Valois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia She must have loved/respected him as she refused to allow Henry IV marry her off with his son, the future Henry V, after the murder of her husband. Quite a strong resolve for a girl just ten years old.
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Princess Diana, married at age 20
Queen Sirikit of Thailand, married at age 18
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I think Isabella of Valois is "winning." Amazing.
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Margarethe of Austria, she was the daughter of Emperor Maximilian I. was not yet 3 years old when she became the fiancée of the french Crownprince Charles who was 13 at the time. But afterwards the marriage didn't take place, he married Anne of Brittany instead.
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In the Treaty of Greenwich on 1 july 1543 the six month old Mary, Queen of Scots was promised to be married to the future Edward VI of England. As we know, the promise was not kept.
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Sheikha Shaikha Shair bin Mohammed al Maktoum, one of the Dubai Emir's daughters, was married to one of the Bahrain King's sons, Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa in 2009 at the young age of 17. One year later, Sheikha Shaikha gave birth to a girl, Sheikha Sheema, on July 16, 2010, at the age of 18.
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Margaret of Bohemia (or Luxembourg) was married to Louis I of Hungary at the age of seven. Margaret of Bohemia, Queen of Hungary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For some young royal brides their marriages didn't end well, Beatrice of Luxembourg was married to Charles I of Hungary at the age of 13, but died at childbirth a year later. Beatrice of Luxembourg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Some research.

I am an author and I am hoping to get some information.

A novel I am working on is set in the medieval period and I would like to know generally speaking would it be inconcievable for a Prince whether hier to throne or not in that period to have been 14-15 years old when he was married. If so assuming bride was also simular in age what consestions would likly be made for their ages?

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It was not unusual for a princely couple to marry at that age, or even younger, during that time period, remember people did not live as long as we live today. Catherine of Aragon was about 3 when she was engaged to Arthur, Prince of Wales and about 15 when she arrived in England to marry him. What concessions are you asking about?
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I have done quite a bit of research so far and dug up plenty of references where the girl was of that kind of age, but (ceratinly the net at least) seems to be virtually bereft of any such marriages where the groom was of such an age. So I wondered there if there was impediment that meant that in terms of dynastic lines marriages where the male was so young were abnormal. In terms of concessions I mean this in the way of both the subsequent production of heirs and the acual household. What I mean I think is would it be normal for a couple with both aged thus to immediatly set about with the idea making hiers or would they we expected to wait on that task until more maturity was gained, but also would their subsequent household, ue retaineers etc reguard them as they would other married couples or still regaurd them as children?
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Well Catherine and Arthur were of a similar age, so if she was 3 when they were negaged he would have been about the same age. Consumation of their marriage was on eof the big questions in Henry VIIIs divorce case. It was expected that they would have but in her divorce defence she said it wasnt. It would not have been unusual in such cases for consumation to have happened an an expectation of heirs to follow.

Take a look at her siblings. If I recall correctly they were married off quite young. Not sure at what age they started producing heirs.
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Henry the Young King of England, born 1155, married Margaret of France, born 1157, in 1160! Their only child, William was born in 1177. Henry the Young King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Edward I of England, born 1239, married Eleanor of Castile, born 1241, in 1254. They had their first child (of 16!), a stillborn daughter in 1255, their second in 1264. Edward I of England - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I don't think that people in medieval times saw someone who was 14 or 15 as a child, not the way we considered them as still being children, but as adults with the same responsibilites as adults.
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Is it not true though that they still legally have been minors then?
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In medieval times, the age of engagement/marriage differed; a woman of 14 was considered old enough to be a mother. A woman of 20 just young enough to be eligible for marriage, and a woman over 20 was considered "too old". Many European Princesses were engaged soon after they were born to forge political alliances; many were even married (usually, by proxy) before their 10th birthday. Several of the French princesses who married quite young:

- Isabella of Hainault (aged 10 at the time of marriage)
The daughter of Baldwin V of Hainaut and Margaret I, Countess of Flanders, Isabella married Philip II of France days after her 10th birthday. The marriage was probably consummated shortly afterwards, because just three years later Philip considered repudiating her for failing to provide him with an heir - she was barely 14 at the time (his plans didn't go ahead because Isabella was a very popular Queen and people literally stormed the palace when they heard the news). The long-awaited heir was finally born in 1187, when Isabella was 17 years old.

- Margaret I, Countess of Burgundy (aged 10 at the time of marriage)
The daughter of Philip III of France, she married Louis I, Count of Flanders in 1320, aged just 10.

- Joan I of Navarre (aged 10 at the time of marriage)
The daughter of Henry I of Navarre and Blanche of Artois (and Queen Regnant of Navarre herself), she married Philip IV of France in 1284, aged just 10. She had her first child at 14.

- Isabella of France (aged 12 at the time of marriage)
The daughter of Philip IV of France married Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales (future Edward II of England) in 1308, aged just 12. They had become engaged in 1303, when she was 7 and married by proxy in 1305.

- Margaret of Provence (aged 13 at the time of marriage)
The eldest daughter of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence and Beatrice of Savoy, she married Louis IX of France aged just 13.
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