The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, Jun 14, 2003 - History - 240 pages
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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.
 

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McIntosh chronicles the drive and passion of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Ludwig threw himself in the financially ruinous building campaigns that resulted in stunning pieces of architecture. His castle of ... Read full review

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Really good writing about him. It made my trip to Bavaria much more meaningful. Read full review

Contents

4? List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements 5
The Northern Apollo Reborn 7
The Captive Years
17
From Cage to Throne
26
The Coming of the Friend
33
The Second Lola
42
Fantasies in Stone
127
Dreams of El Dorado
142
Ludwig II and the Theatre
146
Forbidden Longings
153
Farewell to Wagner
160
The Twilight Years
166
The Trap Closes
182
Prophecies Fulfilled
193

A Triumph an Idyll and a Parting
58
Germany in Turmoil
70
Sophie
82
and Others
91
1o Wagnerian Strains
98
186676
108
The Cult of the Swan King
202
Monetary Values
205
Notes
206
Select Bibliography
213
Index
215
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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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