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Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Swan King
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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.
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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.
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.
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