Ludwig did have very lavish tastes. His advisors lead him to believe that Bavaria had the wealth to support him, and that Bavarians would love his investments (he had many music halls and centers of learning built). Then when it became obvious finances were not in order, they publicly blamed the king. He was virtually forced by his parliament to declare war on Prussia, an act which he bitterly opposed. Upon suffering a humiliating defeat (in only 3 weeks), his assemblymen publicly blamed the king. One of the results of the treaty of surrender, by the way, was that Ludwig had to give up the right to control over the Bavarian army, basically loosing his sovereignty and the autonomy of all of Bavaria. Not surprisingly, he became more and more of a recluse, which allowed further gossip and unanswered charges.