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The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria

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Chi era veramente Ludwig di Wittelsbach, re Luigi II di Baviera? Greg King ripercorre la vita di questo enigmatico personaggio: dall'infanzia all'ascesa al trono a soli diciannove anni, alla deposizione dopo la creazione dell'impero tedesco, ai rapporti con Bismarck, alla passione per ogni forma d'arte, all'amicizia con Wagner che ammirò e protesse, all'amore per la cugina ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Citadel
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Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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I'm thinking of making an HISTORICALLY INACCURATE movie about Ludwig II so I read this for some inspiration. I think there're probably alotof bios of Ludwig so I don't know how this compares to the rest but it struck me as somewhat bland. Despite this, I still became way more interested in the subject than I ever had been before. Not much to say about it otherwise. If you're interested in opera, & interested in Wagner, then you'll probably be interested in Ludwig II.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Fu oggetto di maldicenze,fu chiamato pazzo,fu vittima di complotti e tradimenti…e tutto questo perche’ si era rifiutato di sottomettersi alle convenienze,di vivere la propria vita secondo quanto gli altri si aspettavano.”

Timido e sensibile, amante della natura, della poesia e della musica, protettore di Wagner, e - elemento non secondario nella sua biografia - omosessuale, Ludwig provo’ sempre una una forte avversione per l’ottocento, non solo per il mondo dei genitori, ma anche per le ostili
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is a sad book to read, because the subject, Ludwig II of Bavaria, indeed had serious mental health problems. In addition, his upbringing was appalling, reinforcing every action that made him feel like a omnipotent god-designated ruler.

These were poor characteristics to have in the latter part of the 1800s in the turbulent Germany principalities. Ludwig came to the throne at 18, never had any impulse control, spent huge sums of money on support for Wagner. As he aged, he became less willing
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mi sento così abbandonato e solo su questa terra, come un relitto di tempi migliori, gettato nel presente che odio e dove mi sentirò sempre uno straniero", scrisse Ludwig una volta. Era un sentimento che descriveva perfettamente il modo in cui egli concepiva la vita, un sentimento con il quale sua cugina, l'imperatrice Elisabetta, poteva facilmente identificarsi. Era lei, più di qualunque altro - più della regina, di Wagner, Taxis o Hornig - che aveva compreso la strana natura del re, i suoi ...more
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio, non-fiction
I loved this biography of Ludwig II. We had visited his castles in Bavaria, and the tour guide had alluded to some events and relationships that made big impressions on him, and I wanted to know more. I browsed the book, not intending on reading it cover to cover. I got started and couldn't put it down.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was a wonderfully written biography of King Ludwig II. After visiting Linderhof and Neuschwanstein myself I had many questions about his life. I'm so glad to have picked this up even if there are so many questions we may never find answers to. "Ludwig had little interest in things scientific and practical, for his was a world of imagination and history." - King
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3S=bello. Saggio storico che mi ha mostrato quanto poco sapessi dell'Europa, in particolare della odierna Germania, tra gli anni 1815 e 1870. Personaggio strano e per molti versi affascinante Luigi II di Baviera cui dobbiamo la tetralogia di Wagner.
Sep 14, 2015 added it
A very readable biography about one of Munich's more colorful kings. Everyone--it seems--visits his unfinished castle. More should learn about his intriguing life. Tour guides barely touch upon it all!
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Beautiful book about a beautiful, haunted young man. A lot of kings were declared mad, but Ludwig II wasn't mad. He was simply born in the wrong century and misunderstood by those around him. God rest his soul.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful Ludwig II biography. It has a lot of great content, and it is superbly written.
Mary Tuley
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History and psychology buffs.
Wow, what a crazy guy! I'm so glad I didn't know him. And yet...because of him there's the Cinderella castle.
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Interesting, but skipping around in time hurts and lots of description without establishing a basis first.
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Greg King (born 1964) is an American author, best known for his biographies of prominent historical figures.

He is the author of eleven internationally published works of royal and social history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and Edwardian-era royalty, including The Fate of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar, and the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor. A frequent onscreen expert and