Ludwig II King of Bavaria
- Category : Notable-Famous-Royal-family
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sleeping Phoenix 3
German royalty, the King of Bavaria at the age of 19, known as Mad Ludwig. A genius in architecture, he built the famous dream castles that are among the most frequently visited spots in Europe by tourists to this day.
King Ludwig was popular but a recluse, a misanthrope who never married. A shy child, he was subject to hallucinations. He loved Wagner from age 13 and became so involved with the characters of the opera, that he put on elaborate productions, and painted Wagnerian scenes as murals in his castle.
After assuming the throne in 1864, Ludwig had to deal with the emerging position of Bavaria. In 1871, after a victorious war against France, his state was absorbed into the new Germany and Ludwig became a figurehead. His interest in politics and government was so minimal that this was an optimal situation, he had at any event pleaded headaches during state affairs. He had no interest in women but had discreet liaisons with his equerry, actors, and perhaps a few military officers. An increasingly solitary figure, he kept a nocturnal schedule, attending musicals and designing castles.
The fabulously beautiful Neuschwanstein was begun in 1869 and was never finished. About 15 miles east, he built Linderhof. By 1886, Ludwig's extravagance had left the treasury severely in debt and his ministers and cabinet conspired to have him deposed. A lengthy report declared him insane and he was taken in custody at Neuschwanstein. Located to Lake Starnberg, he and Dr. Gudden went for a walk on 6/13/1886 from which neither ever returned. Their bodies were later found floating in the lake. Leaving the question open of whether it was murder, accident or suicide, his watch had stopped at 6:45 PM, Lake Starnberg near Berg Castle.
Ludwig's diaries were destroyed during WW II.