Charles' Appearence

by Mr. Samuelson

Main Idea

Charles had a distinctive appearance which was not easily forgotten.

Source

Einhard, Life of Charlemagne, S.E. Turner, trans. (New York; Harper and Brothers, 1880), pp. 56-62, 51-54, 64-66.

Summary Paragraph

Charles had a distinctive appearance which was not easily forgotten. Einhard tells us that "...his height is well known to have been seven times the length of his foot..." (Einhard, Life of Charlemagne). At seven feet tall, it would have been very hard not to remember Charles' size. The man was a giant! Additionally, his eyes have been described as "very large and animated", which adds even more to his appearance. An individual's eyes are frequently a distinguishing feature and this is even more true when they are large and active. Finally, Einhard shares that "...his neck was thick and somewhat short...". This image of a bull-necked Charles would certainly have been remarkable. In all, Einhard shares a description of Charles are a giant with large, active eyes, and a short, thick neck. The man was certainly a memorable figure!