Talk: Ludwig II and his Court
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Ludwig II succeeded to the throne of Bavaria in 1864 at the age of only 18. He has often been referred to as ‘the mad king’ – he was certainly very eccentric and felt that he had been born out of his time. His building projects were fantastical, and represented an attempt to create a world in which he could feel comfortable. He greatly desired the solitude impossible for any monarch, so his court was small, but what it lacked in quantity it made up for in quality, not least because it included one of the greatest geniuses of the age – Richard Wagner. The story of Ludwig’s reign reveals a good deal about the importance and limitations of a royal court in late 19th-century Europe.
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