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Philip Astley and the Horsemen Who Invented the Circus

Dominique Jando Paul Binder June 20, 2020

Philip Astley and the Horsemen Who Invented the Circus Dominique Jando Paul Binder In this fascinating and carefully researched book, Dominique Jando tells us when, why and how the former sergeant major of a British Hussars regiment created the most universal form of entertainment, the Circus It was not a chance occurrence the place, the times and the social context, all led to this pivotal moment Philip Astley became England s greatest showman, but iIn this fascinating and carefully researched book, Dominique Jando tells us when, why and how the former sergeant major of a British Hussars regiment created the most universal form of entertainment, the Circus It was not a chance occurrence the place, the times and the social context, all led to this pivotal moment Philip Astley became England s greatest showman, but if he was indeed a visionary, he was not a lone experimentalist immediately, other equestrians followed his example and participated in the development and expansion of the circus in Europe and the Americas This is the story, too, of these extraordinary and colorful pioneers who were Astley s contemporaries, whether pupils, competitors or colleagues Charles Hughes, John Bill Ricketts, Philip Lailson, Antonio Franconi and a few others including Astley s own son, John Conway Astley Relying in large part on their contemporaries testimony, Dominique Jando places these pioneers back in their historical and social context, as well as in the often overlooked context of the nascent show business of the late eighteenth century principally in Great Britain, but also in Europe and in America.

Philip Astley and the Horsemen Who Invented the Circus Dominique Jando Paul Binder

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