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  1. Ludwig II of Bavaria - Wikipedia

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    Ludwig II ( German: Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm; English: Louis Otto Frederick William; 25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886) was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. He is sometimes called the Swan King or der Märchenkönig ("the Fairy Tale King"). He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia.

  2. Louis II | Biography, Accomplishments, & Facts | Britannica

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    Aug 21, 2020 · Louis II, byname Mad King Ludwig, German Der Verrückte König Ludwig, (born August 25, 1845, Nymphenburg Palace, Munich—died June 13, 1886, Starnberger See, Bavaria), eccentric king of Bavaria from 1864 to 1886 and an admirer and patron of the composer Richard Wagner. He brought his territories into the newly founded German Empire (1871) but concerned himself only intermittently with affairs of state, preferring a life of increasingly morbid seclusion and developing a mania for ...

  3. Ludwig II of Bavaria - The Eccentric Life and Castles of 'Mad ...

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    Ludwig II of Bavaria was obsessed with the work of Wagner. From his adolescence, he was enthralled by Wagner’s opera, and the rich German mythology which the music was based upon. Indeed, one of Ludwig’s first actions when he became king was to summon Wagner to his court. Wagner and Ludwig had, in many respects, a synergistic relationship.

    • Ludwig as A Little Prince, Growing Up in His Own Little Castle
      Ludwig was born back in 1845. Ironically enough, his birth was clouded in mystery – although he was technically born on August 24th, his birth cert...
    • Forced onto The Throne at A Tender Age
      Suddenly, when King Ludwig was just 18, he was forced onto the throne. His father died quickly, and most unexpectedly, of sepsis; and the young Lud...
    • Ludwig II of Bavaria’S Obsession With The Work of Wagner
      Ludwig II of Bavaria was obsessed with the work of Wagner. From his adolescence, he was enthralled by Wagner’s opera, and the rich German mythology...
    • Mad King Ludwig’S Obsession With Phenomenal Castles
      Having grown up in Hohenschwangau Castle, a castle built in the 1800s by his own father, it could be no surprise that Ludwig II of Bavaria would al...
    • King Ludwig II of Bavaria’S Fall from Power and The Diagnosis of ‘Madness’
      Unfortunately, Mad King Ludwig’s interest in building spectacular castles quickly developed into an unhealthy preoccupation. Ludwig neglected his r...
    • The Death of King Ludwig: was It Murder?
      Historians don’t know for sure how ‘Mad’ King Ludwig died. We do know that he died in 1886, and his body was found floating in Lake Starnberg – alo...
    • Are You Reading About King Ludwig Because You’Re Going to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle?
      If you’re interested in King Ludwig and Neuschwanstein Castle – or if you’re planning or dreaming of organising a visit – I’ve written Neuschwanste...
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  4. King Ludwig II of Bavaria | Unofficial Royalty

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    King Ludwig II of Bavaria King Ludwig II of Bavaria (Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm) was born on August 15, 1845, at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, now in the German state of Bavaria. He was the elder of two sons of King Maximilian II of Bavaria and Princess Marie of Prussia.

  5. King Ludwig II of Bavaria | The German Way & More

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    Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), King of Bavaria, 1864-1886 See our book recommendations below. He is known by many nicknames: the Swan King, the Mad King of Bavaria, the Dream King, and Mad Ludwig. Was “Mad King Ludwig” mad? This is only one of many mysteries that surround the former Bavarian regent to this day. Ludwig II (Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm) has become

  6. Herrenchiemsee New Palace - Fairytale King Ludwig II ...

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    The magnificent buildings of King Ludwig II have shaped the image of Bavaria throughout the world. They also made Ludwig famous – a king who represents art, luxury and forward-thinking ideas. He belongs to Bavaria like the mountains and the Oktoberfest. In the USA, the “Fairy Tale King” enjoys cult status.

  7. Ludwig II of Bavaria: Suicide or Murder? How Did the Swan ...

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    • A Prince of His Castles
    • What Really Happened Near The Lake?
    • The End of A Fairy Tale

    Ludwig was born August 25, 1845 and ruled as King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death on June 13, 1886. He became a ruler as an 18 year old Duke. but his life was more concerned with his world of imagination than politics. He was fascinated by the history of Prussia, Germany, and the surrounding lands. He loved the music of Richard Wagner and became his patron. Ludwig was an intellectualist, who spent more time with books and in nature than caring about dynastic issues. He was engaged to the...

    On the afternoon of June 13, 1886 Ludwig decided to go for a stroll with his personal psychiatrist Dr. Bernhard von Gudden. Two attendants followed them. It was a good day for both, and the doctor was pleased with his patient’s mental condition. It was a time when the two men were friends as well. Around 6 pm they ate dinner together and then Ludwig invited Gudden for another walk. He wanted to visit Schoß Berg Park near Lake Starnberg. They (or some authors say just Ludwig) decided they didn...

    Ludwig was buried in St Michael's Church in Munich. When Elizabeth went to say goodbye to her cousin she was devastated. He was the only person who really understood her. When she saw his dead body, she went to pick his favorite white jasmine to decorate his coffin. Ludwig was succeeded by his brother Otto - who was diagnosed by doctor Gudden as the one who was really mentally ill many years earlier. Gudden wrote that the one who was dangerous was not Ludwig, but Otto. He was right, perhaps,...

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  8. Ludwig II (1845-1886) - Find A Grave Memorial

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    Born in Nymphenburg Castle, Munich, in 1845, Ludwig II was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty, and became king of Bavaria at the early age of 18 after the sudden death of his father Maximilian II. Unprepared to reign and disillusioned after a lost war against Prussia, Ludwig soon lost all interest in politics and became increasingly eccentric.

  9. Death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Was It Murder? | Ann ...

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    Jun 13, 2016 · Ludwig II portrait by Carl Theodor von Piloty, public domain June 13, 2016 marks the 130th anniversary of Bavaria’s greatest unsolved mystery: the baffling death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. How did the fairy tale king – the builder of Neuschwanstein and the patron of Richard Wagner – die? Many Bavarians say he was murdered.

  10. The Castles of Mad King Ludwig II by Rick Steves

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    Ludwig was just 19 when he became king of Bavaria in 1864. Rather than live with the frustrations of a modern constitution and a feisty parliament reining him in, he spent his years lost in Romantic literature and operas…chillin' with the composer Wagner as only a gay young king could.