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Type: Journal article
Title: Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust
Author: Ruhli, F.
Blumich, B.
Henneberg, M.
Citation: Economics and Human Biology, 2010; 8(2 Sp Iss):289-290
Publisher: Elsevier BV, North-Holland
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1570-677X
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Frank J. Rühli, Bernhard Blümich and Maciej Henneberg
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 mm(2), cortical area 352 mm(2)). 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.
Keywords: Computed tomography; History; Medieval; Stature
Rights: Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020094987
DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2009.12.005
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