East German children nap in a collective day care so parents can work, September 1974.Photograph by Gordon Gahan, National Geographic
Linderhof Palace was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (b. 1845-d. 1886) between about 1863-1886. It was built as a summer palace for one and was the only castle of Ludwig’s he lived to see completed. Along with being surrounded by artfully designed gardens, the inside of this rococo masterpiece is incredibly ornate. Ludwig was very fond of swans, peacocks, and Louis XIV, and one can see that reflected in the interior design. Ludwig has two other famous castles: Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee.
Remember the Edict of Nantes? Passed on April 13th, 1598 by Henry IV of France, this document gave some religious freedom to Huguenots (French Calvinists) by allowing the practice of Protestantism in 150 specified cities around France (Paris was not one of them). Huguenots gained civil rights and a court that contained both Protestants and Catholics to work out issues between them. It marked the end of the religious wars that had torn through France in the late 16th century. On October 18th, 1685, Henry IV’s grandson, Louis XIV, repealed the Edict as a way to further his absolute power. (Ironically, Henry IV had passed it to INCREASE his power.)
Kaiser Wilhelm II strikes a pose. (ca. 1914-1916)
Boy let’s make like pre-1871 German states and unify.
Okay I’ll stop.
DAMN UR SEXY KAISER
I’m too sexy for Berlin, too sexy for Berlin, Leipzig und Frankfurt.
I’m the Kaiser, you know what I mean
and I do my little turn on the battlefield
yeah on the battlefield, on the battlefield yeah
I do my little turn on the battlefield