I’m a 42 year old single male who recently left a 5 year relationship for various reasons, but mainly because I wanted kids and she did not.
I thought that since I was an attractive, fit, well-educated, financially and emotionally secure guy that I would have no problem finding a woman in her mid 30s to settle down with and start a family.
One, that younger women are no longer interested in dating men who are even just slightly (3-5 years) older than them and sometimes want to date men 5-10 years younger then them. Alas, the women with whom he wants to get serious are 27-34.
Two, women seem to be content in the fact that they are independent and self-sufficient and have a career, family and friends that fulfills them and don’t seem to be interested in truly finding a relationship. This gives men time to court, fall in love, travel together, move in, get engaged, and enjoy a few years of childless marriage before starting a family.
In England, however, the English Queen Consort (a queen married to a ruling husband) can become the Queen Regnant (a queen ruling in her own right) if her husband dies and there are no other male relatives in line to inherit the throne.
Likewise, in French Salic Law, if the queen remarries after the king dies, any children she has from the new husband cannot claim the throne.
Later sagas show signs of being influenced by continental literature--particularly French tales of chivalry and knighthood.
For modern readers, the appearance of these traits often seems to sit uneasily with the surrounding material.
Coach your girlfriend/boyfriend accordingly before this meeting (Disclaimer: I’m not talking about putting up a fake face to your parents.
I’m only emphasizing that they need to put their best feet forward when they meet them).
Examples include Grettir's Saga, Njál's Saga, Egil's Saga, and the Saga of Eric the Red.