Christopher Lee as Charlemagne
The Christmas gift giving season will be over as well as Saint Charlemagne's Day (January 28th), but on March 15, 2010, afficionados of all things Charlemagne will have something new they simply must acquire.
That is the date when a CD entitled Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross will be released starring the vocals of Sir Christopher Lee.
Lee is best known as an actor whose career has included over 280 films playing such memorable characters as Dracula, Saruman the White (Lord of the Rings) and Count Dooku (Star Wars.)
Lee's official website has four samples of songs from the forthcoming CD as well as a link to an official fan page on MySpace to promote the CD.
After looking at the table of contents, it is clear that the music is based on the man and not the legends of Charlemagne, so there will be no odes to his paladins such as Orlando or Renaud de Montauban. Instead, you can hear Christopher Lee proudly singing, "I shed the blood of the Saxon men!"
Here is a video where Lee talks about the CD and his being descended from Charlemagne. The music is described as "symphonic metal."
Christopher Lee on Charlemagne
Charlemagne - Christopher Lee | MySpace Music Videos
It is a CD about Charlemagne, sung by a descendant of Charlemagne. Of course it will sell.