Human Lifespans

I’ve been following The Daily Bell’s ‘Production versus Plunder‘  articles for a while and the edition for September 20th, 2015 discusses the setting up of universities in Europe, initially as private schools from human initiative. This started during the 12th century CE. The only anomaly I see is the reported chronological ages of the various ‘masters’, say the University of Paris which was set up during 1160 from the earlier schools by one Peter Aberlard (1079-1142 CE). The odd thing is that Aberlard started his intellectual journey by wandering throughout France and set up a school in 1101 CE at the age of 22. A callow youth starting an intellectual career during his teens?

Then we have the individual John of Salisbury (1120-1180) who somehow travelled from England to France in 1136 only 16 years of age, another anomalous instance of very young men being so intellectually advanced compared to this era’s young men who at the age of 16 are simply inexperienced callow youths.

This reminds me of Amadeus Mozart who also started composing at an extremely young age, an age these days most young men are silly, impetuous and highly immature.

While child prodigies are well attested facts in our modern times, there is a persistent problem nagging me with those Middle Age/Medieval personalities; which or what calendar(s) were in use when their ages were recorded?

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. Trained by Western Mining Corporation and polished by De Beers.
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