All the king's men ...
28 September 2005
An heir to a German aristocrat reached a settlement on Wednesday with an author who said his ancestor was the gay lover of Ludwig II, the "fairy-tale king" who built the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.
Count Michael Siegfried von Holnstein, whose great-grandfather was the stables manager to the man also known as Mad King Ludwig, had taken the case to the regional superior court in the southern city of Munich, Bavaria's main city.
The count had argued that the honour of his family line had been "gravely defamed" by the claim.
"Everyone knows about certain tendencies of Ludwig II, but it is totally unacceptable that my great-grandfather gets dragged into it," he said.
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