“Mad King Ludwig” of Bavaria

“Mad King Ludwig” of Bavaria

Ludwig II became king in 1864 and reigned until his death in 1886. While the handsome, talented, and liberal young prince faced high expectations upon his accession, his eccentricity alienated his subjects. He did, however, remain the patron and friend of composer Richard Wagner, who for many years exerted a strong influence over him. In time, Ludwig began to isolate himself, and his insanity eventually necessitated confinement at his Bavarian château. What was mysterious about Ludwig’s death? More… Discuss

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