Beneath the Big Top: A Social History of the Circus in Britain (Paperback)

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Beneath the Big Top is a social history of the circus, from its ancient roots to the rise of the 'modern' tented traveling shows. A performer and founder of a circus group, Steve Ward draws on eyewitness accounts and contemporary interviews to explore the triumphs and disasters of the circus world. He reveals the stories beneath the big top during the golden age of the circus and the lives of circus folk, which were equally colorful outside the ring: - Pablo Fanque, Britain's first black circus proprietor - The Chipperfield dynasty, who started out in 1684 on the frozen Thames - Katie Sandwina, world's strongest woman and part-time crime-fighter - The Sylvain brothers, who fell in love with the same woman in the ring.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781783030491
ISBN-10: 1783030496
Publisher: Pen and Sword History
Publication Date: November 1st, 2014
Pages: 230
Language: English