Synopses & Reviews
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.
"The story of Bavaria's mad king still fascinates...."--Contemporary Review, August 2003
"An intriguing portrait of the bizarre ruler who achieved fame for his patronage of the even more regal Wagner, and the creation of ‘fantasies in stone.'" --The Independent
"A Lively and captivating book...leaves one at the end instructed, amused and very sympathetic towards this extraordinary Swan King." --The London Miscellany
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
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.