Dark Spirit: Ludwig II, The “Mad” King of Bavaria by Susan Appleyard
A B.R.A.G Medallion Winner, Dark Spirit is a historical novel detailing the brief 2-year reign and fall of King Ludwig II, otherwise known as the “Mad” King of Bavaria. Readers are gifted with a detailed yet poetic description of the reasons behind the fall of King Ludwig II and all he gave. A sensitive and artistic loving man who gives the world, to this day, riches that go well beyond what the nearsighted men of 1885-1886 realized.
King Ludwig II held a great passion for Bavaria and the fine arts. Bankrupting his country and his kingdom, it fell to a handful of experienced men to remove King Ludwig II to reestablish financial stability. The steps they took and the dreadful outcome are outlined here by Susan Appleyard.
Appleyard weaves a strong story of King Ludwig II, captivating her readers with insightful knowledge and supposition. Appleyard provides an opportunity for the reader to decide whether the King was a madman or a dreamer who in the midst of accomplishing his dreams is forced to stop.
Appleyard weaves strong stories about historical figures and occurrences with ease, her ability to connect her readers with the characters is flawless. She builds her characters with care, giving them a depth that transcends paper making them more realistic than a history book could. This is the third book of Ms. Appleyard’s I have read; she brings history alive for her readers.
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book and author!
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