|Title||Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Rühli, FJ, Blümich, B, Henneberg, M|
|Journal||Economics & Human Biology|
|Keywords||2010-09-23, body size, forensics, history, medieval, stature|
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 (430 mm) but rather not robust (total mid-shaft cross-sectional area 473 mm2, cortical area 352 mm2). Reconstructed stature of 1.84 m falls at about 99% of Medieval heights, which would be ca. 1.95 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.
Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust
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