Medieval-style covers of pop songs

A quaint new set of videos on YouTube channel Hildegard von Blingin'—a play on the name of German saint, abbess and musician Hildegard von Bingen or Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th century—is just the type of spark to rouse this blog from a five-year hibernation.


Von Blingin's the most laugh-out-loud hilarious and most literate channel I've seen in a while. A medieval style cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" with a video of rewritten lyrics and static marginalia illustrations popped up on my feed enlivened my soul.

Let it do nice things to yours:

YouTube's algorithms threw it my way most likely after relating stuff I've been watching recently on ancient Rome and explainers on monk's tonsures and homonculus or the phenomenon of portraying the supposedly cute Baby Jesus as an old man in medieval paintings.

And the comments on the videos are similarly winners. Here's one on the switched line from "Pumped Up Kicks" from

He's got a rolled cigarette, hanging out his mouth he's a cowboy kid.
He hath a jaunty cap, perched upon his head, he is a longbowman.