Schloss Hohenschwangau was where King Ludwig II
grew up and it is thought the romantic castle influenced his plans for Neuschwanstein.
Harshly though Kohler judges Wagner in the matter, who can doubt that the composer's treatment of Ludwig II
was manipulative in the extreme, and devoid of the compassion that the King so evidently needed?
Neumeier subsequently presented a Swan Lake that identified Prince Siegfried with swan-obsessed Ludwig II
At stake is less politics, which figure here only insofar as they obtrude (in the early years with Ludwig II
of Bavaria or in the Third Reich), than the link between art, racism, and national regeneration.
The mentally unstable Ludwig II
of Bavaria is first described as having made "a significant impact on the cultural and political heritage of the modem world," but at the end of that chapter we are informed that he was, after all, only a figurehead" and even if sane could not have prevailed against Bismarck (226, 243).
Green's study is about the causes and effects of 'madness', of whatever kind that is, one of which is certainly genetic, and accounts for his studies of Juana la Loca, Queen of Castile and her great-grandson Don Carlos; of Carlos the Bewitched, the last Habsburg king of Spain, and of the inbred Ludwig II
Eilles OHG boasts that the legendary Bavarian King Ludwig II
, builder of the fairy tale-like castle of Neuschwanstein, has already been its most prominent customer.
One of the most fascinating essays, "The Munich Festival Theatre Letters" by Sophie Gobran, describes the 1864 attempt by Ludwig II
, the newly crowned King of Bavaria and lifelong admirer of Wagner, to build a greater stone theatre where "the performance of the Ring of the Nibelungen may be perfected.
Finally, for the ultimate palace experience, you must take a day-trip to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th Century Bavarian palace commissioned by Ludwig II
of Bavaria, set on a rugged hill in the mountains.
A freshwater lake, often known as the Bavarian Sea, it has two major islands in the middle of it, the largest of which - Herrenchiemsee - has a 19th century palace built by King Ludwig II
, and is shamelessly modelled on Louis XIV's at Versailles.
, besotted with Richard Wagner's operas, was the "Mad King of Bavaria" who built several fairy tale castles and palaces.
June's meeting featured speaker David Rodway with a slideshow - Bavaria and the Castles of King Ludwig II