Hilda Nelson takes us on a wonderful, often surprising journey of the greatest circus equestriennes of the nineteenth century. These grande dames reigned with great flair over the most prestigious rings in Europe. Until now these fascinating stories were known only to circus scholars. Deep in American and European libraries, Nelson thoroughly researched the sagas of these grande equyeres. She shines the spotlight anew on these unjustly forgotten lady stars of the circus of yesterday.