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The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria (edition 1996)

by Greg King (Author)

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Title:The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria
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Info:Citadel (1996), Edition: First Edition, 335 pages
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King Ludwig was the most expensive king that Bavaria ever had. he built castles upon castles and bought the most fabulous carriages a royal could ever had. His majestic carriage was the model for the fairy tale cartoon movies, like Cinderella. He had a fastidious liking for operas that he personally commisioned Richard Wagner to write operas for him. he had a greta liking for the other arts like architecture-as seen i n his castles-as well as objects like furniture and paintings. Out of budget, Bavaria had to finance his whims and fantasies inspite of his very fragile sexuality. This book is a staple on the king and is the best reading source before once embarks on a trip to Bavaria, the modern day Munich in Germany.
Today his castles and artifacts stand as a monument for the king that he is. For those into Germanic or European royalty, this book is the most exhaustive of all written about the king. Its one of my favorite books.
  alexumacob | Aug 30, 2011 |
3053 The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria, by Greg King (read 16 Feb 1998) Ludwig was a great patron of Wagner, and the fact we have his works is no doubt due in part to Ludwig. He was an extremely eccentric and troubled man, but not really insane. I remember when I visited Ludwig's grave in Munich I was amazed to see fresh flowers thereon. This book, while non-profound, was worth reading. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 22, 2007 |
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On August 25, 1995, the German Republic celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of the most scorned and most beloved monarch of modern times: Ludwig II. As a child, though physically beautiful, Ludwig was withdrawn and silent. Entering his teenage years, he determined that his desires were directed toward young men rather than the numerous girls presented as potential wives. Following a broken engagement to Princess Sophie of Austria, Ludwig never again considered marriage. After ascending the throne at the age of eighteen, Ludwig became devoted to his major passions: music and architecture. Captivated by the music of Richard Wagner, the young king formed a bond with the composer and became his benefactor, enabling Wagner to create and produce his great operas. The royal love for architecture resulted in some of the world's most admired castles as well as the most extravagant. Berg, Hohenschwangau Castle, and Linderhof were jewels, but his crowning achievement, Neuschwanstein, rivaled any other on the continent, a monumental creation second only to the Hermitage. An intemperate ruler, Ludwig changed the course of European history almost against his will. He launched Bavaria into two wars, and, with Bismarck, created the German Second Reich. As Prussia's power grew, he watched the newly unified country come under the sway of the Hohenzollerns rather than his own Wittelsbachs. He assuaged his disappointment by lavishing more of his treasury on art and on funding a new opera house for Wagner's work. He would frequently watch a Ring performance as the sole member of the audience. His own government and family plotted against him, called him mad, and forcibly overthrew him. After a single day at a sanatorium and a prolonged visit with a doctor, he vanished. His body was found in a lonely lake outside Munich. Was it suicide? Or murder?… (more)

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