Friday 23 April 2010

The early medieval world rocks.

ELB writes:

From Christopher Lee's Charlemagne-themed concept album, to the Wild Beast's contemporary take on the Exeter Book poem Wulf and Eadwacer, we applaud manifestations of early medieval culture in modern music. Any suggestions of classic ASNC-related songs or albums gratefully received (aside from the entire genre of folk metal), but in the meantime, here's the great Christopher Lee talking about his Charlemagne album:


  1. Just the other day, I stumbled across the following paper, gloriously entitled: "Pavel Chinezul, Negru Vodă, and 'imagined communities': medievalism in Romanian rock music" (by Florin Curta, in Postmodern Medievalisms. Edited by Richard Utz and Jesse G. Swan (Studies in Medievalism, 13), pp. 3-16. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2005.

    Here's the link to the PDF:

    Not ASNCky, but otherwise fitting the theme! :)

  2. The Sickbed of Cú Chulaínn by The Pogues! Ok, the lyrics may not strictly tell it like the literature, but the namecheck counts, surely?

  3. Well, if we're gonna bring Cú Chulaínn into it, then I guess there's the whole _The Táin_ album by Horslips ....