How did King Ludwig II Die?

Post contains affiliate links. You’ve probably heard of “mad” King Ludwig here and there — he’s the 19th century Bavarian king who built Neuschwanstein, arguably the world’s most famous castle. You may even know that his death was surrounded in mystery. When did he die? June 13, 1886: 131 years ago today. How did King […]

Ludwig II Movies

Post contains affiliate links. Ludwig II Movies If you’re planning to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, or if you’re otherwise interested in Ludwig II, the quirky, moody, sensitive 19th century Bavarian king, I recommend my book on him. Sometimes, though, you want to watch a film instead of reading a book. I think I’ve watched […]

Linderhof Palace and Versailles Petit Trianon

Post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. You may remember from reading Not So Happily Ever After: The Tale of King Ludwig II, that the “mad” king built three castles: the famous Neuschwanstein, the island Versailles replica Herrenchiemsee, and the “jewel in the valley,” Linderhof. Let’s take a closer look at Linderhof, since […]

Happy 168th Birthday, King Ludwig II!

This King Ludwig II post contains affiliate links. Happy 168th birthday, King Ludwig II (well, it’s actually Sunday, August 25, but we can celebrate a few days early)! Fans of the “mad king” who are lucky enough to live in Bavaria can celebrate at a special evening at Linderhof, Ludwig’s “small palace” where he spent […]

King Ludwig II Fun

Post may contain affiliate links. Today, no childhood memories of my own, but a few that my kids made this week — and some that I made with other children. Tuesday was busy for us: last day of school! Awards ceremony for the youngest … And for the middle … The oldest was in high […]

Mad King Ludwig’s Beautiful Murals

Post contains affiliate links. If you’ve read much at all about Mad King Ludwig II, you know that he was a total sucker for brightly colored, large, dramatic murals. A good example is his study at Neuschwanstein. Check out the walls, with scenes depicting ancient German legends and/or Wagner operas. At another of his palaces, […]

An Interview with Mad King Ludwig

The most amazing thing has happened today. I came across an interview with one of my very favorite historical characters, “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria. He was famous in his youth for his dashing good looks. A mere 15 years later, he was almost unrecognizeable — bloated and showing the effects of a lifetime […]