Sunday, 26 June 2016

“The Castles of King Ludwig II,” Ernest Wrba & Michael Kühler

“The Castles of King Ludwig II,” Ernest Wrba & Michael Kühler, Stürtz, 2008, Verlagshaus Würzburg GmbH & Co, Leipzig, Germany

This is a hardcover book about his castles, under a series “Castles & Palaces.” As per title, this book focuses on his castles and has many photographs in the book, from small images to full two page spreads. The photographs and images are beautiful of himself and his castles. There is background/ history of the castles and the relation to Ludwig and even Richard Wagner – more between him and Ludwig. At the back there is a map showing where the castles and other locations are situated. The photos tell of their history, what they mean, and/or what they are made of. Instead of a textbook telling you what they look like and you having to image it from the text, this book gives you a blast of images to look at when going from Neuschwanstein to Linderhof to Herrenchiemsee. You see the detail he wanted in his castles and what was put in, how they fit into the landscape – more Neuschwanstein then the others. This book is not only for those who love Ludwig but have an interest or love for castles and how these castles are put together and loved and awed by many.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

“The Swan King Ludwig II of Bavaria,” Christopher McIntosh

I find great interest with King Ludwig. This is a book I have found years ago for a school project. This edition I got awhile back so I could have a copy of my own. Here is a review of the book - I also did a video on my YouTube channel.
“The Swan King Ludwig II of Bavaria,” Christopher McIntosh, new revised edition 2012, I. B. Tauris

It was first published in 1982, and had a few published editions since. A few images place in the middle of the book. He has a preface to the 2012 edition and of what has happened since his first edition of the book in 1982. With the limited English books of biographies that I found available to me, I feel that McIntosh does a very good job st describing his life from birth, to his relationship with Richard Wagner, Sophie to the wars he had to deal with to his castle and death, as well as after his death. If looking for direct quotes it is not the book; there is a merge of quotes and retelling to a way telling it almost as a story with no dialogue. But it is a good thing that he has done this because the reader gets the information straight up and no interruptions of the quotes, whether it is just a line or letter, even an image. Any book related to Ludwig is good, and any book about him is great.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Tarot School Newsletter

For those interested in tarot, I would suggest something that I have been doing for a few years now, as of writing, is being subscribed to the Tarot School's newsletter. It's free, just enter in your email and your subscribed.

Each month you will get a newsletter, except for May when they are getting ready for the Reader's Studio. In each you will find information on one card, a link to a blog to look at, and a few other interesting things to read.

All of the newsletters they have done since 2009 is on the Tarot School's website. So you can do what I did and have a look at each since they started. It is a good start and free source for those interested in tarot without paying online or in person for. Of course like any other business they include information and links about upcoming classes and events.