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Legend and regency

His life

Chapter 9

Legend and regency


blaze of glory of king Ludwig, painting by Ferdinand Leeke, 1890

Ludwig II was thus eliminated for political reasons: we could not put in danger the new regency by risking an escape of the king. Very loved and respected, sooner or later things would have badly turned and the traitors would have been able to be afraid of an exemplary judgment for the charge of ”coup d’état”. Everything was thus for best and the disappearance of the king arranged everybody.

Its funeral was celebrated with great pomp on June 19th, 1886, by having beforehand preventing the Queen mother from coming to meditate to Berg, then in Munich, near her son. We made an autopsy which revealed nothing of the causes of the death, but which tried hard to justify the insanity at all costs, by weighing the brain of the king and by noticing, among others, a weight lower than the normal.

The regency of Luitpold thus built its legitimacy on the fashionable maintaining legend of the “mad king”. If Luitpold had not really been interested in the power as he so often said it, why not to have passed on the crown to his son Ludwig, because Otto, the brother of the king, reigned only in principle because of his madness? Instead of it, he took the regency, conferring king’s title to his son only in his death in 1912.

Ludwig became the king Ludwig III and witnessed six years later the end of the kingdom of Bavaria.

© Copyright 2015 Elisabeth Fontaine-Bachelier

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