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RE: Who lives a better quality of life: A 16th century English king or an American making 35,000 a year?

runner who professes wrote:

Upper-class life expectancy in the 1500s was probably greater than 40. Means are driven down by high infant mortality then, as well. Life then was nasty, brutish and short, but less so for royalty.
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Yep, and if you made it to adulthood, you were likely to live on to nearly 60.

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