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The Swan King Ludwig II of Bavaria

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The Swan King Ludwig II of Bavaria by McIntosh, Christopher, 9781848858473
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  • ISBN: 9781848858473 | 1848858477
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/15/2012
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'The Swan King' 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, while 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.

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