Why you think frankish women died so much earlier than men?

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The major reason that women in the Middle Ages (and before) tended to live shorter lives than men was childbirth. Women typically started having children very early in life. Because there was no real contraception, they would typically become pregnant many more times than modern women do. Of course, the...

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The major reason that women in the Middle Ages (and before) tended to live shorter lives than men was childbirth. Women typically started having children very early in life. Because there was no real contraception, they would typically become pregnant many more times than modern women do. Of course, the medical knowledge and technology of the time was dreadful. Conditions that are now easily dealt with were, at that time, fatal. So... lots and lots of women died in or as a result of childbirth.

Had it not been for this factor, men would have had lower life spans because they were more likely to be killed in wars.

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