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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Gertraut Chrisutte of 's-Hertogenbosch in the southern Netherlands, was a major attraction of the 1668 Leipzig Easter Fair. In early 1669, Pepys saw her in Holbourne, London, on 4 January, a "great, tall woman" of 21 years, under whose arms he could easily pass. Evelyn seeing her on the 29th, says the "tall gigantic woman...measured 6 feet 10 inches high;" but Pepys, seeing her again on 8 February, measures her "without shoes," like the tailor's son he is, and reports she is 6' 5."

Concerning such prodigies: http://books.google.com/books?id=…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

John Evelyn's Diary: "29th January, 1669. I went to see a tall gigantic woman who measured 6 feet 10 inches high, at 21 years old, born in the Low Countries." http://goo.gl/eySTk Why Katriyzky adds to this quotation is unclear.

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