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Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust

Frank J. Rühli, Bernhard Blümich and Maciej Henneberg

Economics & Human Biology, 2010, vol. 8, issue 2, 289-290

Abstract: The left tibia of Charlemagne, the Medieval "Father of Europe" has been X-rayed and CT scanned to determine his still highly debated stature. We found the healthy bone to be long (430Â mm) but rather not robust (total mid-shaft cross-sectional area 473Â mm2, cortical area 352Â mm2). Reconstructed stature of 1.84Â m falls at about 99% of Medieval heights, which would be ca. 1.95Â m in present-day Europe. Thus, tall stature indeed could have contributed to the success of "Charles the Great" as a king emperor and soldier.

Keywords: Computed; tomography; History; Medieval; Stature (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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