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Monday December 13 2021, 6pm GMT

The Rothschild Women: Natalie Livingstone on The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty

The story of the family who rose from the Frankfurt ghetto to achieve incomparable wealth and power is a familiar one. Yet many of the Rothschilds, the women, remain virtually unknown – until now. On December 13 historian Natalie Livingstone comes to Intelligence Squared to talk about the lives of the extraordinary women who feature in her new book The Women of Rothschild.

As Jews in a predominantly Christian society and women in a deeply patriarchal family, they were outsiders twice over – but many of them were determined to challenge and subvert expectations. They became hostesses and diplomats, choreographed electoral campaigns, advised prime ministers, advocated for social reform and traded on the stock exchange. Misfits and conformists, conservatives and idealists, performers and introverts, they mixed with Rossini and Mendelssohn, Disraeli and Gladstone, Chaim Weizmann, Queen Victoria and Albert Einstein. They broke code, played a pioneering role in the environmental movement, scandalised the world of women’s tennis by introducing the overarm serve and drag-raced with Miles Davis in Manhattan.

Join us and hear a story of power, politics and survival that spans three centuries.

 

Praise for The Women of Rothschild:

‘Captivating, intimate, dazzling epic and revelatory’ – Simon Sebag-Montefiore

‘This brilliantly researched and scintillatingly written book is proof positive that the females of the Rothschild species were even more fascinating and talented than the males.’  – Andrew Roberts

‘Nathalie Livingstone shows that Rothschild women were the velvet gloves guiding the iron fists of their male relatives and far from being mere appendages, they acted as trusted confidants and silent partners.’ – Hannah Rothschild

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Speaker
  • Natalie Livingstone

    Historian and author of The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty.

Chair
  • Catherine Ostler

    Author, journalist, former Editor-in-Chief of Tatler and author of The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalised a Nation

 

Speakers subject to change.


Location
  • Online event
Time
  • Monday 13 December 2021
  • 6pm to 7pm GMT



Speakers

Speaker

Natalie Livingstone

Historian and author of The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty.


Historian and journalist. 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. Her first book, The Mistresses of Cliveden, was a Sunday Times bestseller. It tells the story of five extraordinary women and this remarkable house and has been optioned by Carnival Films, the television drama company behind Downton Abbey. Her new book is The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty.
Chair

Catherine Ostler

Author, journalist, former Editor-in-Chief of Tatler and author of The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalised a Nation


Author and journalist who has been Editor-in-Chief of Tatler, ES, the Evening Standard magazine and Editor of The Times Weekend. She has also written for a wide range of publications, including the Financial Times, Vogue, the Daily Mail and Newsweek. She read English at Oxford University, specialising in eighteenth-century literature. Her new book is The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalised a Nation.

 

Speakers subject to change.