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Richard Wagner led one of the romantic period's most controversial, exciting and bizarre lives - find out more about him with our facts gallery!
Wagner spent a large amount of his professional life in debt. That was until King Ludwig II came to the throne of Bavaria at the tender age of 18 in 1864. The young king was a massive fan of Wagner's work, so he arranged for his debts to be completely wiped out and even for someone to take dictation for Wagner's autobiography.
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