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The English circus.

Author: Ruth Manning-Sanders
Publisher: London, Laurie [©1952]
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Comprehensive history of the circus in England from Roman origins and medieval jugglers to 17th and 18th century riding schools from which the modern circus derived. Circus personalities discussed include Philip and John Astley, Ducrow, Thomas Cooke, Hengler, Lord George Danger, Whimsical Walker, Frank Foster, and Bertram Mills. Also covered are performing acts, the training of circus animals, and a chapter on the  Read more...
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Manning-Sanders, Ruth, 1888-1988.
English circus.
London, Laurie [©1952]
(OCoLC)647405634
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Manning-Sanders
OCLC Number: 478923
Description: 358 pages illustrations 22 cm
Contents: Foundations. Circus and amphitheatre ; Early acrobats and animal trainers ; Acrobats and animal trainers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries ; Philip Astley ; Some personalities at Astley's in the nineteenth century --
On the road. Travelling circuses : Stephenson's, Clarke's, Saunders' ; Travelling circuses : Cooke's and Hengler's --
Travelling circuses : Newsome's, Ginnet's, Pablo Fanque's, Lloyd's, Fossett's ; Lord George Sanger ; Travelling menageries ; Tenting circuses of today ; On the road with a family tenting circus --
In the ring : animals. Horses and riders ; Some other performing animals ; Bears and elephants ; Big cats and their trainers --
In the ring : men and women. Acrobats : flying trapeze, fixed trapeze, and rings ; Acrobats : tight-rope and slack-rope, high and low wire, bounding-rope, perch and pole acts ; Acrobats : jugglers, trick cyclists other balancing acts, strong man act, contortionists, gaucho act, sensational acts, la bola misteriosa ; Ringmaster, ring-boys, tent-master, stud-groom, bandsmen --
Circus character and tradition. Circus men and women ; circus children.

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Comprehensive history of the circus in England from Roman origins and medieval jugglers to 17th and 18th century riding schools from which the modern circus derived. Circus personalities discussed include Philip and John Astley, Ducrow, Thomas Cooke, Hengler, Lord George Danger, Whimsical Walker, Frank Foster, and Bertram Mills. Also covered are performing acts, the training of circus animals, and a chapter on the author's experience with a traveling circus.

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