Maximilian II. Joseph König von Bayern
(28.11.1811 - 10.03.1864)
place of birth: München,
Königreich Bayern: Seine
Majestät der König
Maximilian II. Joseph ruled as the Kingdom of Bavaria's
third king. His father Ludwig I., having had enough of Bavarian
revolutionaries and general political unrest, abdicated his throne in
1848 in favor of son Maximilian. Young Max let it be known that he
preferred a university professorship over royal rule, spending much of
his time at Hohenschwangau castle focused on the study of science
and history with a close-nit group of like-minded friends from academia.
He had been named an honorary member of Bavaria's Academy of Sciences in
Maximilian I. was married to Marie Friedrike, the granddaughter
of King Friedrich Wilhelm II. of Prussia. Their marriage produced two
subsequent Bavarian Kings, Ludwig II. and Otto I., both of whom suffered
from various degrees of insanity. On this point, Maximilian's younger
brother Luitpold would later play an important role.
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