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Trijntje Cornelisdochter Keever (10 or 16 April 1616 – 22 July 1633), nicknamed De Groote Meid (in English, The Big Girl), is alleged to be the tallest female person in recorded history, standing 9 Amsterdam feet or 2.55 metres (8 ft 4 in) tall at the time of her death at age seventeen.
Trijntje Keever was the daughter of Cornelis Keever and Anna Pouwels. Cornelis was a Dutch skipper and Anna was his maid; he married her on 24 May 1605. Trijntje was born on 10 or 16 April 1616 in Edam.
Trijntje’s parents took her to carnivals to earn some money by letting people see her. Trijntje first received public attention when she was nine years old and had reached the height of 2 metres (6 ft 7 in). A royal company consisting of the Bohemian king Frederick V, Elector Palatine, his wife Elizabeth of Bohemia and the princess Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, living in The Hague at the time, visited her, curious about the “nine-year-old girl taller than every man in Europe.”
Trijntje died of cancer at the age of 17 in Ter Veen (Veere?). She was buried on 7 July 1633 in Edam, her town of birth. Her epitaph is said have read, “Trijntje Crelis groote meidt oudt 17 jaer”, or, in English: “Trijntje Crelis, big girl, 17 years of age”. In the townhall of Edam is a lifesize painting by an unknown artist portraying Trijntje in civilian clothes with a belt holding at her right a keyring and at her left a pincushion and a sheath with a knife, fork, and spoon. The caption with the painting suggests she was portrayed more beautiful than she really was and that she probably suffered from acromegaly.
Her original shoes are also on display. If there were a size for the shoes, they would be European size 54 (36 cm or 14 inches long).
If her height was correct, she would be the tallest woman ever, overtaking Zeng Jinlian, and be the fourth-tallest person ever, behind Robert Wadlow, John Rogan and John F. Carroll. She was the tallest person (alleged) ever until John Rogan.
- Zeng Jinlian (the second highest woman in the world) coincidentally also lived to 17 years.
- Judging from the shape of her face and the geographic location where she lived, it follows that she was white nordid (the tallest human race).
- She has probably been tributed in Ultimate Book of Spells - EP22, due to the similarities between Ilsa and Keever.
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