Historical re-imagining

Asides, History

I’ve always loved a Knight’s Tale. It’s fun and real, telling human stories. Which is where it’s at, really. And this is similarly awesome.

So here’s a great video of men with cellos. Then the Knight’s Tale scene. Then a link to a post which far better articulates that which I wanted to write here but no long have to.

Imagine if this scene had had music that was appropriate to the period. It would sound to our modern ears like ye olde lute music, and would result in a kind of Disneyland feeling. But by using Queen’s anthem We Will Rock you, and incorporating it into the action (the peasants are actually clapping and singing along), we are suddenly electrified with the knowledge of what a jousting event really would have been like in the 1400s. It was a fucking rock show, people.
Full article on i09

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons


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