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Ludwig II
« on: May 12, 2005, 10:45:25 AM »
Ludwig II fascinates me. His life, his death and his surroundings are just...uffff... Well, I'd like to know as much as possible about him, I'm reading a bio in French and..ahem...it's a work in progress :P I'd like tos ee a photo of his lover, Prince Paul von Thurn und Taxis, whose brother married Helene "Nene" of Bavaria, Sissi's sister and Ludwig's cousin once removed. Any pics (I've seen paintings, I'm into the pickies) of Ludwig, Paul, Ludwig's family etc will eb greatly appreciated :)

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2005, 05:19:30 AM »
Hi Cimbrio ! Glad to see that you are interested in King Ludwig II of Bavaria. He is my favourite royal, I find him, his personality, his life so incredibly fascinating. A few pictures :


Ludwig as a toddler.



My favourite pic of Ludwig as a teenager.

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2005, 10:42:31 AM »
Thanks for the pics A.! I think he was such a handsome guy! I have several pics of him in a bio but don't have a scanner so can't post 'em... however, he seemed to loose that "handsomeness" as he got older... maybe because of his madness? When did he and Paul of T-u-T "break up"?

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2005, 11:52:01 AM »
Agneschen, you used to have a beautiful quotation about Ludwig beneath your posts, please could you possibly post it here?  :)

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2005, 04:34:56 PM »
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Thanks for the pics A.! I think he was such a handsome guy! I have several pics of him in a bio but don't have a scanner so can't post 'em... however, he seemed to loose that "handsomeness" as he got older... maybe because of his madness?



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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2005, 10:04:51 AM »


I don't see why not  ???
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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2005, 02:46:45 AM »
Yeah, why not? He certainly looked terrible in his later years, more or less ever since he left Sophia Charlotte and was estranged from the whole Wittelsbach family... If not, can you tell me another reason Grand Duke, you seem to know more than most of us...

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2005, 06:05:26 PM »
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I don't see why not  ???


I read somewhere (but I can't find the place) that Ludwig was a glutton and ate many candies and cakes so he became very fat and his teeth got rotten!  :-/

But thinking better, depression makes some people to eat more. I thought that Ludwig ate cakes because he liked them, not because of his depression... I don't think madness is a cause of obesity but depression is.

I withdraw my stupid remark: sorry, everybody!  :-[
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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2005, 04:36:36 AM »
Don't worry Grand Duke :) keep the posts coming :)

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2005, 06:22:27 PM »
Ludwig in actuality was not obese as a grown man, rather this girth was in total proportion to his height. He was about 6 feet 7 inches, very tall. Further, it is the opinion of many that his appearance was greatly enhanced in his middle age when he added a few pounds to his younger, skinny, tall frame. There are many pics of him dressed in gentleman's clothing of the day walking the streets of Munich and he is most striking, even by today's standards.
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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2005, 09:48:06 PM »
He was reported to be 6'4" at the time of his death . . . certainly quite tall.  6'7" would make him almost a giant.  Contemporaries universally reported him as tall, but I've not seen references indicating him to be of a height almost unheard of in that era.

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2005, 06:59:50 AM »
A rather macabre pictureof him after his death. He looks tall here!


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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2005, 04:05:04 PM »
 :)

Wow, what a great thread....I always have thought that Ludwig II was really fascinating - the whole Wagner thing, Sissi, etc.!  And the fantasy castles!   :o

He might have been insane but was also something of an eccentric genuis in my mind.

I would really appreciate anyone's suggestions on what is a good biography of him -- I remember having one long ago that was mostly a picture book, but did have a fair amount on his background too.  What I do remember was soo interesting!

Anyone read anything good?  Much appreciated!   :D

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2005, 05:01:43 PM »
Greg King's brilliant book!  :D

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Re: Ludwig II
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2005, 09:52:18 PM »
 :D :D

Dear Bluetoria:

Wonderful!  Greg King wrote a book on Ludwig II?  I love Mr. King's works!   :D

Do you know the title by chance?   ???

Thanks so much.

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