Not So Happily Ever After: The Life of King Ludwig II

Not So Happily Ever After: The Life of King Ludwig II

by Susan Braun

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ISBN-13: 9781477494530
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 411,448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Susan Barnett Braun earned a BA in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. Susan has had work published in Parents, Children's Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Fort Wayne Visitor's Bureau and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. Her other books include a memoir, "I Love to Tell the Story," and two books for children: "Sophie, Pay Attention (Rhoda, You Too)!" and "A Dog Called Naaman."

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Not So Happily Ever After: The Life of King Ludwig II 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Ourpugs 8 days ago
Not so happily ever after About King Ludwig II from his birth to his death. The castle he created Inspired Walt Disney. It states in the book that Cinderella Castle at Disney World and the Sleeping Beaty Castle at Disneyland are based on the king’s fairy tale creation. It wasn’t a book that I was that interested in. I was glad it was a short book. Maybe a lot younger person than I would enjoy it more. It did have a good flow of words. Kids are more interested in kings and castles. King Ludwig did live a lonely life. The part I did like about the book was the pictures at the end of each chapter. Sometimes I enjoy seeing pictures from history more than reading about it. I received an complimentary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
Deana0326 10 days ago
The book captured my attention right away as a baby was born who was one day destined to be king. He was named Otto but within days his name had been changed to Ludwig. I knew right away this was going to be an intriguing journey into a man 's life who would exceed all expectations. Ludwig has a few very strange relatives that I had to snicker at. Forgive me for laughing but I found it fascinating that someone with a royal title thought she had swallowed a glass piano. The family had so many strange characters and they believed in marrying within their own family; like someone married their own nephew. Oh my the book just kept getting better and I must say I immersed myself in its historic facts with happiness. I know one thing from reading this book that money doesn't buy you happiness. We never know what goes on behind those big mansions or castle doors. Ludwig will soon learn how out of sync his life would become with a grandfather who gives up the throne for someone named Lola. I had to stop for a second when I read the famous saying, " Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets." How strange that the saying came from a king. Ludwig's story is not filled with much love and he always desired his parents love and approval. I guess because he wasn't what they considered " king" material they tended to ignore him. What a sad and lonely person he was, but in his world he was happy and very creative. His childhood was almost borderline abusive with little attention and hardly any food to eat. I can't imagine how his parents thought this treatment would be fitting for a future king. Ludwig is a very complicated person who felt more comfortable in a fantasy world where he was happy . To become king at the young age of eighteen was overwhelming for Ludwig. Was he going to be able to fulfill his duties as King? His story is surrounded with abuse, loneliness , fantasy and lacking love. I enjoyed the book and especially reading about the magnificent castles he had built and designed. His life was not a happy one as some would think, but he did leave many questions unanswered upon his death. Was he mentally ill like many thought he was? Did he ever find happiness in his isolated life? The most intriguing question I have is what really happened to him? We may never know who the true Ludwig was, but he left behind beautiful castles, a love for opera and a life filled with mystery and unhappiness. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 10 days ago
The book captured my attention right away as a baby was born who was one day destined to be king. He was named Otto but within days his name had been changed to Ludwig. I knew right away this was going to be an intriguing journey into a man 's life who would exceed all expectations. Ludwig has a few very strange relatives that I had to snicker at. Forgive me for laughing but I found it fascinating that someone with a royal title thought she had swallowed a glass piano. The family had so many strange characters and they believed in marrying within their own family; like someone married their own nephew. Oh my the book just kept getting better and I must say I immersed myself in its historic facts with happiness. I know one thing from reading this book that money doesn't buy you happiness. We never know what goes on behind those big mansions or castle doors. Ludwig will soon learn how out of sync his life would become with a grandfather who gives up the throne for someone named Lola. I had to stop for a second when I read the famous saying, " Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets." How strange that the saying came from a king. Ludwig's story is not filled with much love and he always desired his parents love and approval. I guess because he wasn't what they considered " king" material they tended to ignore him. What a sad and lonely person he was, but in his world he was happy and very creative. His childhood was almost borderline abusive with little attention and hardly any food to eat. I can't imagine how his parents thought this treatment would be fitting for a future king. Ludwig is a very complicated person who felt more comfortable in a fantasy world where he was happy . To become king at the young age of eighteen was overwhelming for Ludwig. Was he going to be able to fulfill his duties as King? His story is surrounded with abuse, loneliness , fantasy and lacking love. I enjoyed the book and especially reading about the magnificent castles he had built and designed. His life was not a happy one as some would think, but he did leave many questions unanswered upon his death. Was he mentally ill like many thought he was? Did he ever find happiness in his isolated life? The most intriguing question I have is what really happened to him? We may never know who the true Ludwig was, but he left behind beautiful castles, a love for opera and a life filled with mystery and unhappiness. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
MelissaF 16 days ago
For some reason I thought this book was fiction book but when I started reading it I discovered it was not. So I had to change my mind-set and perspective. The author does a great job of making history interesting and light-hearted, even though Ludwig wasn’t that light-hearted. He was rather depressing. I do think young teens who are interested in Disney and history might find this book enjoyable. It wasn’t something I loved but for what it is I think it is good. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
Joy Hunt 17 days ago
Yes and no, but more yes. It's an audience thing. The story is historically interesting, and I found myself wanting to know how it ended. Unlike biographies of modern celebrities, I didn't know how this one would end until I got to the end, even though some hints were dropped.  (Actually, we still don't entirely know how it ends...and I love the mystery involved). I'm not the target market. This book is advertised as "young adult," which can mean anywhere from age 12 and up in terms of content and style. I felt like the writing style was aimed at the younger end of that spectrum, so it wasn't really for me.  (Even as a 12-year-old, I had moved on from the young adult section).  But I think it would be great for that pre-teen or even young teen group.  Although...I will say this. Our kids are growing up faster and faster in terms of how they consume media, and even young teens might read this as too young in style. I don't know, because the teens I know read so voraciously that they are not the typical consumers.  I wouldn't go too young with this book, as it does touch on some adult topics like suicide and drinking.  The approach to these topics is very tasteful. Not So Happily Ever After had far too much visual description for my taste.  It's not a bad thing. It's just not my thing. I'm not a visual person, so I got lost reading the Hobbit for the same reason.  A more visual person might really enjoy it.  Even so, sometimes I would lose track of the plot because so much time was spent on description.  So I would recommend Not So Happily Ever After, for that younger audience and especially if they are interested in the more visual side of things. I received a review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
BMace 19 days ago
This author has done a great deal of research to bring us the story of Mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria. While he may have been declared insane by 4 doctors that never even saw him, he sounds much more like an eccentric with incredible architectural ideas, a savant perhaps. Intermarriage was rampant in royalty in 1700 and 1800 which likely brought out recessive genes in some. Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof were castles born of his mind and visited by tourist and locals everyday. He championed and encouraged Richard Wagner, a composer whose operas are still performed and loved to this day. So the question remains - was Ludwig mad, eccentric or just plain odd? The answer lies just out of reach! I received this ebook through CelebrateLit. All impressions and opinions are my own.
JeniMitchell More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Even though I was familiar with the story and knew the ending, a tear was still brought to my eye when he was found. I was emotionally moved throughout this book. I learned things I didn't know and your epilogue was perfect. I fell more in love with him with every page I turned. I think part of it was that I had lived in Germany and was familiar with the area and his castles as I had been fortunate enough to visit a couple of them. However, your book was so well written that I believe anyone reading it would be able to see Germany and the castles through their mind's eye just by your descriptive word. Kudos to you. I look forward to reading more from you, especially if it is on King Ludwig II or Germany/Europe.