[Ansteorra] Short or tall? was Sleeping sitting up vs lying down

Chelsea Durham baby_sis_83 at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 17 13:58:52 PDT 2007

If the medieval doorway at the Cloisters in New York City is any indication, 
I would have to say that they were shorter than their modern counterparts. 
I'm 5'4" and I was taller than the doorway. If in fact it is true that the 
Medieval people were shorter than modern people, it's likely because of 
malnutrition. The women were short if they had children at a young age. If a 
woman has a child before she stops growing, her bones will fuse and growth 
will stop. (That is something I learned in biology so don't shoot me, shoot 
the book) however it's something I've also observed in dogs and cats.

-Lady Grainne Kathleen NicPadraig MacDaniel
None is deceived but he who trusts too much.

From: Cisco Cividanes <engtrktwo at earthlink.net>
Reply-To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Sleeping sitting up vs lying down
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 15:31:45 -0500

Actually, if no one minds, I would like to expand this topic by a bit.

I was under the impression that the "they were smaller back then" idea
had been debunked. Though don't ask me where I got this idea from..

What is the current thinking? Do statistics and physical evidence
support the idea that the average hight of the "medieval" period
European was less than that of the their modern counterparts?

Ivo Blackhawk.

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