Charlemagne was very tall, but not robust
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.
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