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WHAT growth was Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte

Growth of Napoleon Bonaparte has long been a byword.

Brilliant Emperor career cite as an example, comforting people who suffer because of their small stature.

The imperial ambitions of Napoleon explain the inferiority complex, allegedly connected with insufficiently high growth.


The question of the growth of Napoleon Bonaparte - is the questionnot only about the specific anthropometric parameters. "Undersized" or conversely, "high" is a person in the eyes of others. This is determined by how the growth is related to the average individual growth.

Napoleon Height in centimeters

In 1821, the deposed emperor diedHoly Island. Helena. Immediately after his death, personal physician to Napoleon made an autopsy, and the results were recorded. It reported in these records and the growth of Napoleon. The doctor wrote it as "5/2". Perhaps he enjoyed the French system of measures, and it should be read as "5 feet 2 inches." If we translate this figure to the British system, which is somewhat different from the French, you get 5 feet 6.5 inches.
If the data transfer in modernthe metric system, you get a 169 cm. For modern man it is really below average growth, but not so much that people feel "Shorty" and suffered from an inferiority complex!
Contemporaries even more could not be considered undersized Napoleon, because the average height at the time ranged from 164 to 168 cm.

The origin of the legend

The conventional idea of ​​his little growth ina certain extent contributed to Napoleon himself. After coming to power in 1799, Bonaparte introduced special requirements for soldiers serving in some of the military branches. So, to join the elite regiment of mounted rangers were the only people whose height is not less than 170 cm (in the system of the time - 5 feet 7 inches). Even more radical was the requirement to grenadier of the Imperial Guard: the growth of not less than 178 cm (5 feet, 10 inches).
In other words, all men without exception, growth was higher than Napoleon himself. Appearing with them "to the public", he really could seem undersized.
Another possible source of the legend of "undersizedEmperor "- the difference between the French and English measurement systems. As already mentioned, the personal physician of Bonaparte recorded its growth, using French units. But British inches, carrying the same name, had a different meaning. 5 feet 2 inches in the English system - is 157.48 cm Such growth is a wax figure of Napoleon, presented in one of the Russian museums..
This growth can be regarded as really small, especially for men. But this is the result of an error. In fact, Napoleon was no undersized, and the origins of his character must be sought in something else.

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