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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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Accessible, yet thoroughly researched, this biography presents the story of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Ludwig is best remembered for his patronage of Wagner and for fantasy-like palaces which he created. The Swan King presents new conclusions on the more uncertain aspects of Ludwig II's life including his homosexuality, his supposed madness, and the mystery of his death.
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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