Sunday, December 31, 2017

Duke’s Rx for Etiquette Chafing

Karl Theodor, Duke of Bavaria and Doctor of Medicine — His father, Duke Maximilian, was a poet and writer, and brought his family up so simply that all chafed later at the Court etiquette that was forced upon them, and showed their independent spirit. 


An Oculist, In Spite of Royal Birth

A man who distinguished himself, in spite of Royal birth, Karl Theodor, Duke of Bavaria and doctor of medicine, died yesterday. Dissatisfied with the social duties and perfunctory military routine that pertain to his rank, he gave way to his natural bent, became one of the most skilled oculists in Europe, and for years worked hard in the charitable clinic and hospital he had established. The fatal results of close intermarriage among the Wittelsbachs that were manifested in King Ludwig and his lunatic brother seem to have passed over Duke Karl's branch, the former Sovereigns in the remnant of the Palatinate, unfortunate as it has been. 


His father, Duke Maximilian, was a poet and writer, and brought his family up so simply that all chafed later at the Court etiquette that was forced upon them, and showed their independent spirit. One sister was the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, who built the Achillelon; another, Queen Marie Sofia of the Two Sicilies, the Defender of Gaeta; a third the Duchess d'Alençon, who was burned at the Charity Bazaar fire in Paris. Their brother was permitted to turn his striving for freedom of action into a useful and honorable calling that endeared him to the people of Bavaria and of all Germany. — Los Angeles Herald, 1909

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