For nearly 800 years, the House of Wittelsbach ranked as one of the most resilient and influential of all European dynasties. Members of this remarkable family reigned not only in Bavaria, but also in many foreign lands and territories. At their zenith, the Wittelsbachs brought forth a powerful array of dukes, kings, and Holy Roman emperors who left their political and cultural imprint upon the whole of European history. Included in this book are biographies of the dynasty's most fascinating personalities, as well as useful information on their numerous castles and palaces.
(Right) the author, Steven Mueller, is an internationally respected historian and researcher. He is himself a direct descendant of European royalty, having numerous ancestors from the Houses of both Wuerttemberg and Wittelsbach. As a result, he is directly related to nearly every royal family in Europe.