This carefully assembled collection of medieval music has three distinct parts. The first part showcases ecclesiastical music from the 12th and 13th centuries. Incidentally, this would have been exactly the type of music that the Knights Templar would have heard on a daily basis during worship (which took up much of their time). The second part of the collection features secular music of the same period. Members of the great military order would have been prohibited from singing, dancing or listening to music of this sort, but these lively tunes were impossible to ignore. Many knights certainly heard them performed on occasion and probably secretly cherished musical memories of their lives before they joined the Order. Finally, the selection was made complete by adding some musical pieces of Middle Eastern origin. For the Knights Templar stationed in the Holy Land, these exotic melodies were surely part of the background.
And let’s not forget the album cover. It looks great in my iPod’s carousel!