Meysenbug, Malvida, Freiin von

BORN 28 Oct 1816, Kassel, Hessen - DIED 29 Apr 1903, Roma, Lazio
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Acattolico, Via Caio Cestio 6 (Zona Prima, 14.18 (603))

Daughter of Carl Rivalier, who descended from Huguenots and became Baron of Meysenbug under Wilhelm I of Hessen-Kassel. She was the ninth of ten children. She had democratic sympathies and she supported the ideas of the revolution of 1848. This forced her to leave Berlin in 1852. She went to England where she worked as a tutor for the daughters of Alexander von Herzen. In London she met several political refugees, among them A.A. Ledru-Rollin and G. Kinkel.

In 1862 she went to Italy with Olga, one of Alexander's daughters. She settled in Rome in 1875. She visited Richard Wagner several times in Bayreuth and she befriended Nietzsche and introduced him to Helene von Druskowitz. She published several volumes of memoirs.

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• visited Wagner, Richard

22/5/1872The first stone is laid for Richard Wagner's Festspielhaus in Bayreuth. It took place on Wagner's 59th birthday. It had cost him much effort to find the funding for the theatre in which he wanted to perform his Ring. Fransz Liszt took part in the ceremony. On this occasion the first meeting between Malwida von Meysenbug and Friedrich Nietzsche took place. [Liszt, Franz][Wagner, Richard]


The grave of Malwida von Meysenbug at the Cimitero Acattolico, Rome.
Picture by Androom (23 Jan 2010)


• Blunt, Wilfrid, The Dream King, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1973
Malwida von Meysenbug - Wikipedia

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Published: 28 Mar 2010
Last update: 24 Feb 2022