The Life and Death of Ludwig II
Ludwig was the king of Bavaria and ruled from 1864 to 1886. As a monarch, he was mainly known as a fairy-tale king. He was never very interested in politics and was more concerned with decorating his castles, which almost bankrupted the treasury. He was a dreamer, nearly detached from reality, who lived in his own world. All castles were built using money the Swan King earned as royalty. It all started with a visit to France where he stepped inside several grandiose castles. To bring positive impressions to Bavaria, he thought of building castles in impoverished areas of the state. This act brought a steady flow of income to local inhabitants, especially labourers.
Ludwig was a real weirdo from his youth, an introvert by nature, and spent most of his time alone. He never married, and sources say he was probably a homosexual. His greatest platonic love was Richard Wagner, who he financially supported wherever possible. Although Ludwig lived above the standards and spent a lot of money, people liked their strange king.