I just started the book yesterday, but I do have a question about a small bit of trivia. That is, you describe Roch Miquel as being unusually tall at just under six feet. I know that, generally speaking, people were shorter in centuries past, but I wouldn't have expected 5'11" to be unusually tall for a man, even in 1800. I would have expected "unusually tall" to be more along the lines of George Washington, who was 6'3" or 6'4". Were the French people (or the people of the Auvergne region) of generally smaller stature?
Nothing trivial about trivia! For one thing, French feet and inches, "mesure de Paris" were longer than their English counterparts. A trap for the unwary when reading pre-metric French documents.
In any case, Roch's 5'11", even in English feet and inches, would still be taller than average in modern-day US, UK and France. See this:
So Roch would have been very tall in 1800, when average heights were inches shorter than nowadays.
Now for the height of US Presidents:
Washington and Jefferson were exceptionally
And if you are interested in height issues, see this discussion on Napoleon on my blog:
As for height issues, I know what you mean. I am 5'7", which puts me slightly above average as an adult, but I had already reached my adult size by age eleven, which made me a giantess in elementary school. It wasn't easy...