Peter the Great. Described as handsome and of unusual physical strength, Peter was literally head and shoulders above his contemporaries both in Russia and Europe. Unlike all earlier Russian tsars, he didn’t shy away from hard physical labor and enjoyed a simple lifestyle.
When Peter the Great of Russia Visited England in 1698
Abram Petrovich Gannibal was an African brought to Russia as a gift for Peter the Great. He became major-general, military engineer, governor of Reval and nobleman of the Russian Empire. He is perhaps best known today as the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, who wrote an unfinished novel about him, Peter the Great's Negro.
Peter the Great - Standing at 6 ft 8 in (203 cm) in height, he was literally head & shoulders above his contemporaries. Peter, however, lacked the overall proportional heft and bulk generally found in a man that size. Both Peter's hands and feet were small, and his shoulders were narrow for his height; likewise, his head was small for his tall body. Added to this were Peter's noticeable facial tics, and he may have suffered from petit mal, a form of epilepsy.
Peter I the Great (1672 - 1725). Tsar of All the Russias from 1682 until his death in 1725. He married twice and had five children. He led a cultural revolution in Russia to replace the traditionalist social and political system.