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Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Swan King

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Publisher Comments:

This is the biography of one of the most enigmatic figures of the 19th century, described by Verlaine as "the only true king of his century". A man of wildly eccentric temperament and touched by a rare, imaginative genius, Ludwig II of Bavaria is remembered both for his patronage of Richard Wagner and for the fabulous palaces which he created as part of a dream world to escape the responsibilities of state. In realization of his fantasies, he created a ferment of creativity among artists and craftsmen, although his neglect of Bavaria's political interests made powerful enemies among those critical of his self-indulgence and excesses. At the age of 40, declared insane in a plot to depose him, Ludwig died in mysterious circumstances.

Book News Annotation:

This biography of Ludwig II covers such aspects of the Bavarian monarch's life as his well-known patronage of Wagner, his construction of elaborate castles, his homosexual tendencies, his alleged madness, the true nature of his death, and reportedly scandalous material that was contained in his secret diary, which was destroyed in World War II. A preface describes Ludwig's status as an outsider and the dark secrets about his life that the biographer uncovered during the course of his work. Reprint of the 1982 edition. Distributed by St. Martin's Press.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The definitive biography of one of the most enigmatic and eccentric figures of the 19th century, Ludwig II is most notable for his patronage of Wagner and the many "fairytale" castles he built.

About the Author

Christopher McIntosh is a distinguished author of historical biographies. In addition to this present work, McIntosh has written two books on the Rosicrucians and a biography of the French occultist Elphias Levi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781860643149
Subtitle:
Ludwig II of Bavaria
Author:
McIntosh, Christopher
Author:
McIntosh, Christopher
Publisher:
Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Ludwig ii, king of bavaria, 1845-1886
Subject:
Bavaria (Germany) History 1777-1918.
Subject:
Bavaria
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
[10]
Publication Date:
20030614
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.88 x 5.07 x 0.64 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » 1815 to WWI
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Languages » ESL » General

Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Swan King
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The definitive biography of one of the most enigmatic and eccentric figures of the 19th century, Ludwig II is most notable for his patronage of Wagner and the many "fairytale" castles he built.

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