Uhm...I think you forget one thing. The average life span during that period was indeed low - but that is mostly due to high infant and children mortality rate. The children who died young drag the average down - however - they are not among your ancestors for obvious reasons.
If you look only at the average life span of those who survived past their teens (which would include all your ancestors), you will see a totally different number, and your ancestors are probably pretty much average in that respect.
Also, keep in mind that for people born around 1600 or so, it is more likely that the age would be recorded if it was remarkably long, or if the individual was well known (which again is more likely if he had a long and interesting life).
So, you have a very skewed sample set.
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