The name Rothschild, for generations synonymous with wealth, sophistication and power, derived from the red shield (rot schild) which adorned the home of the family's founder, Mayer Amschel, in the oppressed and crowded ghetto of 18th-century Frankfurt. At first dependent on the whims of petty princelings, the Rothschilds accrued enormous ...Read MoreThe name Rothschild, for generations synonymous with wealth, sophistication and power, derived from the red shield (rot schild) which adorned the home of the family's founder, Mayer Amschel, in the oppressed and crowded ghetto of 18th-century Frankfurt. At first dependent on the whims of petty princelings, the Rothschilds accrued enormous political influence by backing governments, financing wars and orchestrating complex international deals. Based on anecdote, interviews with members of the family, and previously unpublished material, this book shows how the great banking family helped to shape history and became known throughout Europe for their prolific achievements in art, science, wine and charity. The author examines the continuing influence of a family that has survived and triumphed over many of the major events and crises of the last two centuries. Derek Wilson's other books include "The World Encompassed", "The Age of Sir Thomas More", "The Circumnavigators", and "Breakthrough", a history of the Channel Tunnel.Read Less
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