Lewandowski, Norbert; Schmid, Gregor M.
The family that invented Bavaria: the house Wittelsbach
Stories, traditions, destinies, scandals
The house Wittelsbach is one of the oldest and most important noble houses, for more than 1000 years its members determine the fortunes of Bavaria and Europe. The general public thinks of the 'fairytale king' Ludwig II. - which is surprising, as the widely ramified family included two Roman-German emperors and a Roman-German king as well as six Bavarian kings. The history of the Bavarian and Palatinate Wittelsbacher tells exciting stories of outstanding men and women. It's about power, politics and money, about love, betrayal and sometimes even about murder. Of course we encounter Ludwig II and his grandfather, Father Ludwig, but also his unfortunate brother Otto. We are fascinated by female figures like Elisabeth Stuart, Liselotte von der Pfalz or the Sicilian Queen Marie Sophie. And we learn why today's Duke of Bavaria Franz actually has a claim to the royal throne of England. The exciting and informative texts are illustrated with high-quality photographs and historical picture documents.
1st edition, 224 pages
Format: 15 × 21.5 cm