On the Spanish matrimonial model of the Modern Age, singularly applicable from the data available to some few areas of the Crown of Castile in the 16th century, Castilian examples were established which could be extended in some isolated cases to other peninsular regions -such as Valencia-. This would prove the Iberian delay in the adoption of the matrimonial pattern common to the Western European civilisation of the Modern Age. The results of the table seem to prove a continuity throughout the 18th century and part of the 19th century of the pattern in force in the 16th century with respect to the ages at the time of first marriage: totally anomalous ages in the context of other areas of Western Europe at the time. For men it is around 24 years of age and between 20 and 22 for women, taking into account the modal ages and not the average ages. Hajnal pointed to a marriage model characterised by two basic components: age at marriage and definitive celibacy. This second consideration was accused as a demographic and social burden in the 17th and 18th centuries, while the constant migratory flow from many areas of the peninsula and the consequent rates of masculinity at different ages could not fail to cause a high proportion of definitive female celibacy. In the second half of the 18th century, the definitive proportion of bachelors and spinsters in the 40-50 age group was 11.9 for males and 11.4 for females in Spain as a whole according to the Floridablanca Census.
Project: 3. Rural world and urban world in the formation of the European identity., 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Chronology: XVIII, XIX
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Statistics
Source: Pérez Moreda, Vicente, «Matrimonio y familia. Algunas consideraciones sobre el modelo matrimonial español en la Edad Moderna», Revista de Demografía Histórica, vol. I, 1986, pp. 3–51.
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: © Vicente Pérez Moreda © Revista de Demografía Histórica
Abstract: Average age of access to first marriage in two Segovian lands between 1710-1849Image