Humanitarian, philanthropist, and campaigner for Jewish emancipation on a grand scale, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784–1885) was the preeminent Jewish figure of the nineteenth century—and one of the first truly global celebrities. His wife, Judith, too was a remarkable woman who dared to venture where European few Jewish women were able to tread. Drawing on her acclaimed biography of Sir Moses, Abigail Green will discuss the life, work and legacy of this extraordinary couple – and reflect upon what it tells us about the place of Jewish men and women in the modern world.
Abigail Green is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Oxford and Tutor and Fellow in Modern History at Brasenose College. She is the author of a prize-winning biography of Sir Moses Montefiore, and writes regularly for publications like the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. Abigail is currently writing a history of international Jewish liberal activism for Princeton University Press, entitled Children of 1848: Liberalism and the Jews from the Revolutions to Human Rights. She is also leading a major collaborative research project on Jewish country houses, in partnership with the National Trust