And then, the sight of the mourners - oh, it went to my heart. Saw the bedroom, that gay, bright room with the motionless form on the bed, with the poor, tiny baby on the sofa. After a wholesome summer holiday at Scarborough, surrounded by relations, Evy returned to London to await the birth of her first child. The boy was stillborn on 4 December 1866 and Evy died later the same day.The shock in the family was intense. Evy's cousin Constance recorded in her diary "coming up to London and reading that terrible message in the paper It was enough to arrive all trembling with fear and anguish The house, all dark and shut up, confirmed our unhappy fear. Ferdinand and Evy's honeymoon was as much a tour of the family empire as a celebration of their union.
They returned to London at the end of the year and set up house in Piccadilly, a few doors down from her parents. Just 50 years after making an international reputation their name was a byword for solid worth in world banking. Before the rise of the great American financial combines and the London clearing banks, Rothschild ruled the roost in Europe, having overtaken Barings and Hottinguers as the biggest international lenders.The huge cousinage that spread across Europe were great patrons of architecture and collectors of art and antiquities. Benjamin Disraeli, who gave the wedding toast, found Ferdinand "a most fascinating youth". From their honeymoon, Evy wrote to her parents that she found Ferdinand "a dear old duck" (they were both 26).In 1865 the Rothschild family was at the height of its fortunes.
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The Rothschild mausoleum - the centrepiece of West Ham Jewish Cemetery - is a memorial to the tragic end of the brief but intense happiness that two of the family found at the height of the dynasty's fortunes as the kings of European banking. When Evelina ("Evy") Rothschild (daughter of Lionel Rothschild, founder of NM Rothschild bank in London) married her cousin Ferdinand Rothschild, the son of Baron Anselm Rothschild (head of the bank in Vienna), in 1865 they formed a notably happy union.The wedding took place at Evy's parents' mansion in Piccadilly. I am devastated."Christian, a former lion trainer and trapeze artist, had worked for the circus for two months before running into trouble with the management, which has a strict safety regime.Each day, he would climb into a purpose-built cannon to be shot 40 feet above the audience - propelled by compressed air at a pressure of 190 pounds-force per square inch - a performance that imposed great strain on his joints and muscles.Marnie Dock, the circus's expert cannon trainer, said Christian had been dismissed because he was not in good enough shape for the job."Todd simply wasn't fit enough," said Dock, who became the world's first female cannonball at the age of 16. "I know it sounds silly because I'm a human cannonball, but I don't like long flights and if I'm on a plane for a long time I start to panic," he said."The circus wanted to send me to have further training at the Guiana space centre in Brazil because they were worried I would hurt myself again But I refused to go and they sacked me on the spot. He is accustomed to hurtling through the air at 60mph in a daily death-defying act as a human cannonball. But the circus stuntman Todd Christian was without a job yesterday because of his fear of flying. There are the joyous moments I have with Holly, which you could not guarantee would occur only at the weekends."He does not feel he has sacrificed his long-term career prospects and is confident of his abilities both as a professional and a father.. It was very important to both me and my wife to share in the care of our daughter " he said.