King Ludwig II: Dandyism, Decadence and Decay
/ Ken Hollings
Ludwig II ascended to the Bavarian throne in 1864 at the age of eighteen. His first act as king was to invite his hero Richard Wagner to Munich. Those who understood or appreciated his deep passion for beauty and sensation would not have been surprised. Builder of extravagant palaces, shunning the day in favour of the night, lover of poetry, theatre and opera, Ludwig’s life was the embodiment of the ‘fairy tale as aristocratic dream’. Ken Hollings explores how his tragic death, denounced as a madman and stripped of his crown, remains a key myth for the 21st century.
Ken Hollings is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer based in London. His books include Destroy All Monsters, Welcome to Mars and The Bright Labyrinth, the last two published by Strange Attractor Press. He is currently working on a critical history of trash culture and trash aesthetics.