"The Swan King" 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, while 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, 17bw illustrations in 8pp plates
- Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
- Publication Date: 30/07/2012
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781848858473