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The Mysterious Affair of Lonely Ludwig

Another Inspector Bliss Mystery

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After successfully solving the 300 year old mystery of the Man in the Iron Mask in Louis XIV’s France, (as depicted in James Hawkins’ epic novel, The Dave Bliss Quintet), we found our trusty sleuth, D.C.I. David Bliss of Scotland Yard, in the Bavarian Alps on the trail of the dastardly killer of King Ludwig II, (alias: The Swan King). This is the last known bust of the deceased who died mysteriously at the age of 40…
The case so far... King Ludwig II of Bavaria, son of Maximillian II, was found dead in a lake together with a doctor who earlier that week had declared him insane. The time of death was 6.54pm on 13th June 1886. The facts: Ludwig and his equally nutty brother, Otto, were brought up in strict isolation by nannies and tutors in a house across the courtyard from his parents neo-gothic country cottage, the Hohen-Schwangau Castle in southern Bavaria…
The castle’s thirty lavishly decorated rooms are stuffed with more gilded baubles than a Bavarian Christmas tree, so it’s understandable that King Max and his missus wouldn’t want the kids hanging about and knocking things over. However, when his dad died in 1864, Ludwig moved in. But his mum still lived there and, like the average 18 year old, he wanted his own pad. So he started small – as young’uns are wont to do – and knocked up this little number…large_1-P1110228.jpg1-P1110237-001.jpg
This is Schloss Linderhof… a bedsit by royal standards. With only twenty or so rooms, each plastered with enough gold to buy Portugal, this little gem was modelled on Louis XIV’s Versailles. It even has a mini hall of mirrors that took three years to build.
Ludwig spent at least 7 years in almost total isolation in this mansion and, so that he would never have to see anyone, the dining table was lowered through a trap door into the kitchen below where it was laid before pushed back up… a theatrical illusion just like the rest of Ludwig’s life.
Like many youngsters in his twenties Ludwig had bigger plans so, not content with his mini version of Versailles, he went on to build a replica of the real one on an island in the middle of Lake Herrenchiemsee. But even that wasn’t enough for this crazy genius.
Despite the fact that he had completely blown all the money in the royal piggybank and was up to his eyeballs in debt he tried to outbuild his hero, King Louis XIV, with this incredible castle at Neuschwanstein overlooking his childhood home…
This enormous fairytale castle is so completely out to lunch that Walt Disney used it as his inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty and his Magic Kingdom at Disneyland.
Only half of the projected castle was ever built and much of the interior was never finished, but Ludwig didn’t care – he was king of the castle. He spent his days alone on his golden throne imagining that he was ruling the world while listening to Wagnerian operas.
So we asked the intrepid sleuth, D.C.I.Bliss, “What really happened to King Ludwig II?” and he told us that, after being subjected to a performance of Wagner’s ring cycle, a fifteen hour operatic marathon in which someone steals a ring from the King of the Gods and he spends the next fourteen and three-quarter hours trying to get it back, Ludwig went completely potty and shot himself in the back – twice - before turning the gun on his doctor. Who knows, Bliss could be right!

Posted by Hawkson 02:29 Archived in Germany

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Wow! This story is a little different from what I read but much more interesting. Who knew that Disney was inspired by a Bavarian king and thanks to him our toddlers have an endless supply of singing princes and princesses?

by The Vickerage

Oh my just a little place in the country. How do we get these stupid rich weirdos with all that money. Makes a good story tho..
love Jean

by Jean McLaren

Wonder if he didn't inspire someone else from that region who was also mad with delusions of grandeur. Ceremonies at the RCMP station here yesterday were well attended.

by R and B

The photo of the Hohen-Schwangu Castle looks like a painting. Crazy excess for the pleasure of one.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Ach du lieber....crazy people with money....bad combo..love ya's..

by Sharron

Great views, but think of the cleaning.

by Tom

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