Ludwig (Wittelsbach) von Bayern

Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm (Wittelsbach) von Bayern (1845 - 1886)

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Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm "König von Bayern" von Bayern formerly Wittelsbach
Born in Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Kingdom of Bavariamap
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Died in Lake Starnberg, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empiremap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Aug 2018
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Biography


Maximilian II
Kings of Bavaria
10 March 1864 – 13 June 1886

Otto I

"Ludwig II (German: Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm; English: Louis Otto Frederick William; 25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886) was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. He is sometimes called the Swan King or der Märchenkönig ("the Fairy Tale King"). He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia.

He succeeded to the throne aged 18. Two years later Bavaria and Austria fought a war against Prussia, which they lost. However, in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 Bavaria sided with Prussia against France, and after the Prussian victory it became part of the new German Empire led by Prussia.

Though Bavaria retained a degree of autonomy on some matters within the new German Reich, Ludwig increasingly withdrew from day-to-day affairs of state in favour of extravagant artistic and architectural projects.

He commissioned the construction of two lavish palaces and Neuschwanstein Castle, and he was a devoted patron of the composer Richard Wagner.

Ludwig spent all his royal revenues (although not state funds) on these projects, borrowed extensively, and defied all attempts by his ministers to restrain him. This extravagance was used against him to declare him insane, an accusation which has since come under scrutiny.

Today, his architectural and artistic legacy includes many of Bavaria's most important tourist attractions" (wikipedia excerpt).

"Ludwig II (German: Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm; English: Louis Otto Frederick William; 25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886) was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. He is sometimes called the Swan King or der Märchenkönig ("the Fairy Tale King"). He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia.

He succeeded to the throne aged 18. Two years later Bavaria and Austria fought a war against Prussia, which they lost. However, in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 Bavaria sided with Prussia against France, and after the Prussian victory it became part of the new German Empire led by Prussia.

Though Bavaria retained a degree of autonomy on some matters within the new German Reich, Ludwig increasingly withdrew from day-to-day affairs of state in favour of extravagant artistic and architectural projects.

He commissioned the construction of two lavish palaces and Neuschwanstein Castle, and he was a devoted patron of the composer Richard Wagner.

Ludwig spent all his royal revenues (although not state funds) on these projects, borrowed extensively, and defied all attempts by his ministers to restrain him. This extravagance was used against him to declare him insane, an accusation which has since come under scrutiny.

Today, his architectural and artistic legacy includes many of Bavaria's most important tourist attractions" (wikipedia excerpt).


Sources


  • Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe. Michael MacLagan and Jiri Lauda. Little Brown and Company 1999. ISBN 0-316-84820-4. Bavaria and the Palatinate Table 96.


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Ludwig II of Bavaria (1874)
Ludwig II of Bavaria (1874)

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On 20 Aug 2018 at 02:29 GMT Luke (Kemp) Lord Kemp-St. Margaret MA/ThB/PhD wrote:

What intrigues me most about Ludwig is his 'facilitating' relationship with master composer Richard Wagner, similar to what Hitler did later.

I found Ludwig to be my 11th cousin five times removed, by our shared great-grandfather, King James IV of Scotland.

On 20 Aug 2018 at 02:13 GMT Luke (Kemp) Lord Kemp-St. Margaret MA/ThB/PhD wrote:

Von Bayern-50 and Wittelsbach-174 appear to represent the same person because: Same person



Ludwig is 21 degrees from George Bush, 25 degrees from Rick San Soucie and 5 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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