Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, was a living legend. A lover of the arts, a connoisseur of music and architecture, a high-minded young man... it’s hard to imagine a less suitable candidate for the Bavarian throne – especially at the rise of militant empires. Tall and good-looking, he was more fascinated with the opera and less with keeping the royal coffers full. He doubted that he would justify his father's hopes and become a worthy successor. But having sensed the taste of the political game, Ludwig becomes a key figure in Bavarian history.