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Ludwig was a Grand Prior of the Bavarian Order of Saint George, a Knight of the Order of Saint Hubert, and from 1960 a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece . Ludwig died of pneumonia at Schloss Leutstetten, 17 October 2008, at the age of 95. On Wednesday, 22 October at 10:00 a.m., a Funeral Liturgy was held in the abbey church at Andechs.
Crown Prince Ludwig, 1807 by Angelica Kauffman On 1 April 1795 his father succeeded Ludwig's uncle, Charles II , as duke of Zweibrücken , and on 16 February 1799 became Elector of Bavaria and Count Palatine of the Rhine , the Arch-Steward of the Empire , and Duke of Berg on the extinction of the Sulzbach line with the death of the elector Charles Theodore .
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Born at Nymphenburg Palace (located in what is today part of central Munich), he was the elder son of Maximilian II of Bavaria and Marie of Prussia, Crown Prince and Princess of Bavaria, who became King and Queen in 1848 after the abdication of the former's father, Ludwig I, during the German Revolution. His parents intended to name him Otto, but h...
Crown Prince Ludwig was in his 19th year when his father died after a three-day illness, and he ascended the Bavarian throne. Although he was not prepared for high office, his youth and brooding good looks made him popular in Bavaria and elsewhere.He continued the state policies of his father and retained his ministers. His real interests were in a...
Unification with Prussia took center stage from 1866. In the Austro-Prussian War, which began in August, Ludwig supported Austria against Prussia. Austria and Bavaria were defeated, and Bavaria was forced to sign a mutual defense treaty with Prussia. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870, Bavaria was required to fight alongside Prussia. Af...
The greatest stress of Ludwig's early reign was pressure to produce an heir. This issue came to the forefront in 1867. Ludwig became engaged to Duchess Sophie in Bavaria, his cousin and the youngest sister of his dear friend, Empress Elisabeth of Austria. They shared a deep interest in the works of Wagner. The engagement was announced on 22 January...
After 1871, Ludwig largely withdrew from politics, and devoted himself to his personal creative projects, most famously his castles, for which he personally approved every detail of the architecture, decoration, and furnishing.
Although the king had paid for his pet projects out of his own funds and not the state coffers, that did not necessarily spare Bavaria from financial fallout. By 1885, the king was 14 million marksin debt, had borrowed heavily from his family, and rather than economizing, as his financial ministers advised him, he planned further opulent designs wi...
At 4 am on 10 June 1886, a government commission including Holnstein and Gudden arrived at Neuschwanstein to deliver the document of deposition to the King formally and to place him in custody. Tipped off an hour or two earlier by a faithful servant, his coachman Fritz Osterholzer, Ludwig ordered the local police to protect him, and the commissione...
On the afternoon of the next day, 13 June 1886, Dr. Gudden accompanied Ludwig on a stroll in the grounds of Berg Castle. They were escorted by two attendants. On their return, Gudden expressed optimism to other doctors concerning the treatment of his royal patient. Following dinner, at around 6 pm, Ludwig asked Gudden to accompany him on a further ...
Though many considered Ludwig peculiar, the question of clinical insanity remains unresolved. The prominent German brain researcher Heinz Häfner has disagreed with the contention that clear evidence existed for Ludwig's insanity. Others believe he may have suffered from the effects of chloroformused in an effort to control chronic toothache rather ...Ludwig the Second, king of Bavaria by Clara Tschudi1908 EnglishBBC R4 Great Lives programme on Ludwig – listen online: BBC Radio 4 - Great Lives, Series 26, Ludwig II of Bavaria
Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (Ludwig Rudolph Georg Wilhelm Philipp Friedrich Wolrad Maximilian Prinz von Hannover; 21 November 1955 – 29 November 1988) was a member of the House of Hanover and a music producer . Contents 1 Early life and career 2 Marriage and death 3 Ancestry 4 References Early life and career
- Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
- Ernst August, Prince of Hanover
- Countess Isabella von Thurn-Valsassina-Como-Vercelli, (m. 1987; died 1988)
Prince Ludwig the Indestructible is the secondary antagonist in the 1986 comedy series Blackadder II, appearing in the finale episode "Chains". He was portrayed by Hugh Laurie, who also portrayed Prince George IV in Blackadder III, Jasper in 101 Dalmatians and David Nix in Tomorrowland.
Prince Ludwig is an evil German prince who was bullied as a schoolboy. His mother made him wear shorts, and he had dirty hair and spots. This earned him the uncreative yet apt nickname of Shorty Greasy Spot Spot. These factors caused him to be taunted by his schoolmates. Ludwig is a master of disguise and claims to have previous encounters with the...
A psychopathic individual, Ludwig was highly intelligent, manipulative, deceitful and incredibly cunning. He showed great self-control and appeared to be emotionless at times but completely collapsed into fits of rage whenever his childhood was mentioned. He was also an outstanding and impressive master of disguise and was intelligent enough to foo...
Prince Ludwig the Indestwuctible is a character played by Hugh Laurie (and Miranda Richardson, when he impersonates Queen Elizabeth I) in the BBC sitcom Blackadder II .
Prince Ludwig, styled King Ludwig VII, is the 7th son of King Karl and a claimant to the throne of Lutzelland. Known as Ludwig the Builder in his province of Grunerwald, he has spent his reign as an architect and inventor. Building such a variety of public works has drained the coffers of the nobility, but impressed the church to a great degree. He has invented new types of trebuchet ...