He has been dead for 1,200 years – but only now have scientists finally identified the bones of Charlemagne.
After 26 years of research, German scientists are satisfied that bones held for centuries at Aachen Cathedral, Germany, are those of Charlemagne.
Called the Father of Europe, Charlemagne reigned from 768 to 814
The man now confirmed to be Charlemagne, was six feet tall weighed around 170 pounds and had a slim build.
One Medieval biographer, Einhard the Frank, wrote that Charlemagne walked with a limp in his later years, which the scientists now think could be true.
They found that the skeleton’s kneecap and heel bones had deposits that would indicate an injury of some sort.