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|Not as much lower as you might think
Written by Barbara
(9/17/2012 1:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Life expectancy in Regency, penned by Tess
The average life expectancy was lower in large part due to infant mortality and perhaps also to situations like women dying in childbirth. Those who survived their childhood and had no other ailments could reasonably expect to live well beyond age 55. Both Mrs. Dashwood and Colonel Brandon are past they age when those things might shorten their lifespans. Jane Austen herself had family members who lived into their 80s and 90s.
Here's a thread on the topic from the archives:
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