Ludwig 11 King of Bavaria...a film by Hans Jurgen Syberberg
Being of a different nature to many often sets one apart and hatred and envy are caused. Ludwig was eccentric and this caused the nobility of Prussia and other German states to want to depose him which they did.
A young and idealistic King
This is probably a tale of woe but maybe not I leave it up to you to decide .
Hans Jurgen Syberberg was a much criticized and outspoken director who saw things through a different lens to most and used those images to put on screen and make very odd movies...Parsifal which I share the link to my review here is one of them....
The movie Ludwig was about the King of Bavaria when Bismarck and the Prussians were endeavoring to unite all the German principalities into one German state and replacing the old with a new formidable order that ultimately lead to the Nazi regime. Wagner's music became the epitome of dark, mystical power for them.
Germans have always had a penchant for the mystical and Siegfried was a character they could relate to.
Supposedly Ludwig was off his rocker or else he may have been so tuned into the spiritual side of life that being in a physical body was very difficult for him.
Perhaps being a mad but harmless king was better than being a tyrant
A king he was with no heirs for he preferred boys to girls...he he he!
He chose them for their long hair and pretty faces
Cared not at all for shaven pates too Germanic they were for him
Dismayed were all at court with where his preferences lay
Thought they he was insane
He called his ministers and told them what to do
No notice did they take
He stood on steps above the rest
Issuing forth commands and then he left
Preferring countryside and mountains to dreary city views
And all the time the rain did fall or was it sheets of starry gauze!
Journeying the royal roads
In sledge drawn by horses he rode villages and hamlets strewn along the way
And one young girl just 8 years old mesmerized by his nobility fainted at sight of him
Awoke and found him next to her and with water did her ply
A kind and caring man was he
Beloved by peasants and men of worth
The greed of others his downfall
Arrived then did he at Neuschwanstein a palace so glorious to see
And with his friends made merry
But not for long
The ones who envied him the most Holnstein and von Gudden came to Neuschwanstein
And there did formally deliver document of deposition to the king and placed him in captivity at Castle Berg where in the Lake nearby was found his body dead June 13, 1886
and so my story ends...