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Elling Polden




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PostPosted: Tue 24 May, 2005 9:24 am    Post subject: Average heights outside Northern Europe         Reply with quote

Hi everyone.
I have been looking around for infomation on the average height of people in the middle ages. So far the net has only givien me the one figure that i allready know from my own history books; about 1.73 for north europeans/Norwegians.
This figure is about 7 cm shorter than the pressent average.
So, can anybody help me out with average heighs for, lets say, France or Spain?

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
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Steve Fabert





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PostPosted: Tue 24 May, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Try some of these sources, which comment on differences from country to country over the centuries:

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Human-height

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/science/art...140_103140

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040405fa_fact

http://www.oah.org/pubs/magazine/Communication/komlos.html

http://www.eh.net/encyclopedia/?article=cuff.anthropometric
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