Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross

Christopher Lee
Release date
15 Mar 2010
Running length
4 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 ACT III: The Bloody Verdict of Verden 0:54 3,955
2 ACT I: King of the Franks 0:59 4,408
3 ACT II: The Iron Crown of Lombardy 0:58 3,428
4 Finale 0:46 3,089

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✪ Christopher Lee — Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross ✪

Charlemagne (pronounced /ˈʃɑrlɨmeɪn/; Latin: Carolus Magnus or Karolus Magnus, meaning Charles the Great; 2 April 742 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into a Frankish Empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800 which temporarily made him a rival of the Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople. His rule is also associated with the Carolingian Renaissance, a revival of art, religion, and culture through the medium of the Catholic Church. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define both Western Europe and the Middle Ages. He is numbered as Charles I in the regnal lists of France, Germany (where he is known as Karl der Große), and the Holy Roman Empire.

About the music
Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross is a symphonic metal concept album released in 2010 by actor Christopher Lee.

It tells the story of the First Holy Emperor of Rome, King Charlemagne. Notably, Lee himself is a descendant of Charlemagne through his Italian ancestors.

The album features The Tolkien Ensemble from Denmark, a 100 piece orchestra, two metal bands, namely Manowar and Rhapsody of Fire, and a number of guest vocalists playing the different roles in the story. It was produced by Italian musician, composer and producer Marco Sabiu.

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  • zloe_zlo

    Why it only plays first minute on paid account?

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Harry_the_Lime

    This is great, and I've only listened to the first act so far! What other famous emperors could Lee do albums for? Constantine, maybe?

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • Megadieftw

    Who fucked up the tracklisting? ¬_¬ [3] Someone fix it! Fuck sake +_+ But shit guys, thsi album's insane. Christopher we love you! And welcome home :D

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • kristojk

    I wasn't expecting it to be this awesome סּ__סּ

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    Who fucked up the tracklisting? ¬_¬ [2]. It's whoever uploaded those tracks. Usually the label.

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • adg211288

    Pleasantly surprised.

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • VesicantDerp

    fuck yes this is amazing

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • bhtri

    first post!

    16 Mar 2010 Reply

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