5 Jan 2012, 12:08 a.m. - Terry Foreman

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=0pIWlkzI5zYC&pg=PA110&dq=Gertraut+Chrisutte+of+%27s-Hertogenbosch&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GuYET47MIqiMsAKP9Y2RCg&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Gertraut%20Chrisutte%20of%20%27s-Hertogenbosch&f=false

5 Jan 2012, 5:57 p.m. - Terry Foreman

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.


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.


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