Women of Rothschild
Chair: Harry Mount
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Rising from the Frankfurt ghetto to unrivalled wealth and power, the Rothschilds are one of the most mythologised families of modern times – yet the women remain virtually unknown. In The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Dynasty Natalie Livingstone, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Mistresses of Cliveden, reveals their astonishing lives from the eighteenth century to today. It’s a story that goes everywhere from Spitalfields and Buchenwald to Palestine and the Vatican, encountering Mendelssohn, Chaim Weizmann, Queen Victoria, Alec Guinness, Einstein and Miles Davis along the way. From thrifty matriarch Gutle Schnapper onwards, Hannah Rothschild says “this gripping biography shows that Rothschild women were the velvet gloves guiding the iron fists of their male relatives”. Historian, journalist and current chatelaine of Cliveden House, Livingstone joins us to discuss this enduringly fascinating dynasty.
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Natalie Livingstone was born and raised in London. She graduated with a first class degree in history from Christ's College, Cambridge in 1998. She began her career as a feature writer at the Daily Express and now contributes to Tatler, Harper's Bazaar, US Vogue, Elle, The Times and The Mail on Sunday. Natalie lives in London with her husband and three children. Image c. Mary McCartney
Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie and the author of eight books. He was a leader writer and New York correspondent at the Daily Telegraph and is a former barrister.