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  1. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    On 28 January 814 Charlemagne died. According to his biographer Einhard, Charlemagne loved roasted meat, and hated doctors who told him to eat boiled meat for his health. Charlemagne was not very of fond strong drink, hating to see anyone drunk. He favoured rough, simple clothes, such as sheepskins, over fancy robes and silks.

    Charlemagne was said to be a giant of a man. In 1861 his grave was opened and his skeleton was measured at 1.92 metres (6ft. 3in.).
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  2. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    Also, to his close associates, he was fondly known as "Chuck".
  3. Phil D.

    Phil D. Puritan Board Junior

    I was privileged to view Charlemagne's sword, which he named La Joyeuse (joyful), in the Louvre. Only the blade is thought to be original, but what incredible action it must have seen...
  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    "Charlemagne was a great guy. Tremendous. The best. He always liked to win Bigly." President Donald J. Trump
  5. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    I wonder what the average height was for folks back in his time.
  6. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    According to this paper, in England in the 1100s the average height was 173cm. That is three centuries later, and during a period of considerable stability. It is taller than I'd have expected! Yet it is still considerably shorter than our Frankish conqueror.
  7. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    And we have Charlemagne to thank for pipe organs in church. (An organ in Hungary dates back to 228, but it apparently belonged to the local fire department).
  8. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    Reading Notker the Stammerer's biography of Charlemagne, one does get the sense that he was something of a religious innovator. He exercised tight control over the bishops in his empire and, from the account of Notker, no one thought much of it.
  9. hammondjones

    hammondjones Puritan Board Sophomore

    6'3", huh? What about Peppa the "Hammer"?

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  10. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    That does come as a surprise. Daddy Pig must be just enormous. And what about Mr. Giraffe?
  11. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    About 5 foot 6, when translated into English (heh).
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  12. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    I know his name and that's about it....I know I learned about him in school but I can't recollect what he did. I'm old so that's why I can't remember.
  13. Berean

    Berean Puritanboard Commissioner

    Be thankful you're not as old as Richard. :lol:
  14. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Now, there's a guy who probably never got a date.
  15. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Senior

    He didn't. He was holed up in the monastery of St. Gall for most of his life.

    I should add that, while "slow of speech", Notker was said to be exceptionally sharp-witted and likeable.
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