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Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust


Rühli, Frank J; Blümich, B; Henneberg, M (2010). Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust. Economics & Human Biology, 8(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 (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.

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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:10 Mar 2010 08:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:54
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1570-677X
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.ehb.2009.12.005
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-30145

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