How Tall Was Napoleon Bonaparte?


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When his autopsy was performed, Napoleon Bonaparte's height was recorded as 5 feet 6 inches. Although that is short by contemporary standards, Napoleon's height was average for the time in which he lived.

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How Tall Was Napoleon Bonaparte?
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Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was not abnormally short. As of 2014, the average height of a male is 5 feet 9 inches, so Napoleon is considered short by modern standards. During the era in which Napoleon lived, the average height for a male was around 5 feet 5 inches, which made him tall compared to the men with whom he was surrounded. This contradicts the "Napoleon complex" notion that he was trying to compensate for a short stature.

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