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Re: King Otto I. of Bavaria (1847-1916)
« Reply #30 on: July 05, 2010, 11:54:18 AM »
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Re: King Otto I. of Bavaria (1847-1916)
« Reply #31 on: October 16, 2010, 01:54:56 PM »
This is from a letter written by King Ludwig II of Bavaria to his old governess, Frau von Leonrod from Hohenschwangau, in January 1871.
"It is really painful to see Otto in such a suffering state which seems to become worse and worse daily. In some respects he is more excitable and nervous then Aunt Alexandra and that is saying a great deal. He often does not go to bed ofr forty-eight hours; he did not take off his boots for eight week, behaves like a madmen, makes terrible faces, barks like a dog, and at times says the most indecorous things; and then again he is quite normal for a while."

Important to note that Otto's uncle was not the first to commit him, but his brother who did truly love him and only did so with great reluctance.

Just before Ludwig II's doomed engagement to Duchess Sophie in Bavaria in 1867, Ludwig II wrote:
"I really have no time to marry, Otto can take care of that."
So Ludwig II and the Bavarian court fully expected Otto to marry and have issue.  

Maybe somebody here has the Ludwig II almost made a remark in jest about how many cousins get married in royal family, particularly his own. I like infer that Ludwig II was referring to strong possibly that Otto was going to marry on of their cousins. Otto's first cousin, Princess Anna of Modena, was only 7 months younger then Otto and would have been a prime candidate since her mother was very involved in the Bavarian royal family and she arranged the marriage of her husband's niece, Princess Maria Theresia of Modena, to Ludwig III. But Princess Anna of Modena died in infancy.

Another first cousin of Otto, Princess Therese of Bavaria, was deeply in love with Otto and often visited and wrote to him even after he went totally insane. Considering Princess Therese of Bavaria was extremely smart by any standard, always find it neat that she fell in love with Otto and shows that there must have been something to him beyond "the more insane brother of the Mad King." She lamented Otto's poor treatment by their family.

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Re: King Otto I. of Bavaria (1847-1916)
« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2010, 03:01:36 PM »
Many thanks for your post.

Isn´t it a great "lovestory"? But I don´t think that they had married, if Otto hadn´t been mad.

Because she wanted to be a scientist. And as a married woman (of course in this time), you are not allowed to travel into foreign land with jungle.
She was in the eyes of her brothers a burden (what did they know, besides shoot animals?). But her bust is now in the Rumeshalle in Bavaria. :)

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« Reply #33 on: October 16, 2010, 09:20:44 PM »
I think the pressure of being of wife of the heir to the throne and then mother of the next King of Bavaria wouldn't have suited Princess Therese at all. Still, her deep love for King Otto does show something about him beyond the usual biographical details one generally reads about him.

I think I read about how Otto had light bloodish hair and a fair complexion. He supposedly resembled his father, King Maximilian II, and the House of Wittlesbach. While Ludwig II had a much darker complexion and resembled his mother, Princess Marie of Prussia, and the House of Hohenzollern. This bothered Ludwig II as he, like many Bavarians of the time, didn't care for Prussia. Hopefully others it, but I notice a family resemblance between Ludwig II and Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine, father of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, since Otto and Ludwig II's mother was the younger sister of the Grand Duke's mother.


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« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2010, 08:49:30 AM »
They say Otto was more attractive than Ludwig, not just his look, he was fun-loving and not so withdrawn like Ludwig.


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« Reply #35 on: October 17, 2010, 04:27:53 PM »
Pictures taken in Munich in 1863 of Ludwig II and Otto with their first cousin, Prince Wilhelm of Hesse (uncle of Empress Alexandra Feodrovna). The cousins were very close as their mothers often meet up often in Bavaria with their children.

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« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2010, 06:23:37 PM »
One of the best pictures yet I've seen of King Otto.
They say Otto was more attractive than Ludwig, not just his look, he was fun-loving and not so withdrawn like Ludwig.



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« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2010, 07:05:30 PM »

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« Reply #39 on: October 22, 2010, 12:50:33 PM »


Postcard of King Otto I above The Residenz, a huge palace complex located in central Munich. It was formerly the official residence of the kings of Bavaria.

The building was severely damaged by bombing during World War II. Much of the structure which one sees today is the result of post-war rebuilding. Many of the paintings, furniture, and interior fittings, however, had all been removed from the palace before the bombing, and have now been restored to their original locations. It's currently a museum.

It's also the birthplace of King Otto I.


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Re: King Otto I. of Bavaria (1847-1916)
« Reply #40 on: October 22, 2010, 01:59:22 PM »
As a child with his elder brother Crown Prince Ludwig (seating)
http://news.webshots.com/photo/2095014420100532270wajOns

As King of Bavaria (notice The Residenz in the background)
http://news.webshots.com/photo/2231126380100532270ZFqLTf

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Re: King Otto I. of Bavaria (1847-1916)
« Reply #42 on: January 22, 2011, 10:55:38 PM »
What Unit did Prince Otto serve in during the Franco-Prussian war?

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« Reply #43 on: March 29, 2011, 11:00:51 PM »
I have seen a painting of him taking Paris with von Moltke and the Kaiser--which unit were they commanding?

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Re: King Otto I. of Bavaria (1847-1916)
« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2012, 04:52:21 PM »
Just wondering if anybody here has ever read about potential brides for Otto before he went insane in the late 1860's/early 1870's?