✹ About Thursday 23 November 1665 Nate Lockwood on 24 Nov 2018 • Link Nick, there was an age of consent in Pepys day, 12 years old. "In 1275, the first age of consent was set in England, at age 12 (Westminster 1 statute). In 1875, the Offences Against the Person Act raised the age to 13 in Great Britain and Ireland, and ten years later the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885 raised it to 16. In 1917, a bill raising the age of consent in Great Britain and Ireland from 16 to 17 was defeated by only one vote." The quoted paragraph is from this much longer Wikipedia article:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent_re... Let's not get too self righteous:In the US many colonies and later the states had ages of consent of 10 or 12 years but a legal defence that the child was not virgin was accepted. Many of those laws were changed starting in the late 19th century but some continued through the late 20th century: https://www.sunypress.edu/pdf/60840.pdf I think that Europe might have had similar laws.