Lead: European royalty in the 1800s was noted for its interesting characters but few equaled the eccentricities of allegedly “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm was born in the late summer of 1845. He would lead the southern German Catholic Kingdom of Bavaria through one of the most turbulent periods in its history and, while he left no heir to the throne, he created an architectural legacy that draws millions of admiring visitors. His strict father lavished no excessive luxury on Ludwig and his brother Otto. They were close to their mother Marie, but soon both boys gave evidence of mental peculiarities. Ludwig was moody and shy. He often retreated into a trance-like dream world fueled by his obsession for the racist romanticism of Richard Wagner’s operas. Therefore, he was ill prepared in 1864 at the age of eighteen when his father’s death brought him the crown.