Glennon Doyle Melton, author, Love Warrior
I’m fascinated by writers, sisterhood, and women ahead of their time—so if I could spend time with one historical family, it would be the Brontës. I’d thank Anne, Emily, and Charlotte for insisting on their right to creativity before the world gave them permission. And I’d assure them that we women now regularly use our own names on our books.
Jojo Moyes, author, Paris for One & Other Stories
If you’re English and female, it’s almost de rigeur to obsess over the Mitfords. What other family features six sisters, including a best-selling author, a trailblazing Communist journalist, two notorious for their closeness to Hitler, and the chatelaine of one of the finest stately homes in England? Dinner must have been a blast.
Hannah Rothschild, philanthropist and filmmaker
From humble beginnings in a small Tuscan town, the Medici family created the largest and most powerful bank in 15th-century Europe. Among their members were four popes and two queens regnant of France, and the first Grand Dukes of Tuscany. Their greatest legacy was patronizing the arts, creating some of the most memorable palaces and nurturing some of the Renaissance’s best painters and sculptors. Their preeminence lasted for nearly 300 years and was finally extinguished when no direct male heir was produced.