I am reading a book called Mussolini’s Barber by Graeme Donald. In it, he mentions that Joseph Stalin was 5 ft 4 in tall. I don’t know about you, but this was rather a shock to me. When I looked into it, there does seem to be some debate about his actual height. What is certain, however, is that he wore special shoes and strongly discouraged (with threats of grave violence and death) artists who tried to capture his exact likeness.
I spent the rest of my Mother’s Day morning looking up the heights of other villains and heroes throughout history. It floats my boat. Without further ado, here is my bar chart. It was lovingly prepared with photos from Wikipedia and computer programmes of which I have, at best, a sketchy knowledge. You’ll get the idea though: Queen Victoria was very short and Henry VIII was a giant.