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Brenda Assael

Brenda Assael

Dr. Brenda Assael is an academic historian and the author of The Circus and Victorian Society (University of Virginia Press, 2005) and The London Restaurant, 1840-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and is currently writing a monograph about the Victorian explorer and big game hunter, Samuel White Baker.

Sanger Circus Collection

In Victorian England, the circus appealed across an otherwise class-divided society, its audiences ranging from poor peddlers to prestigious public figures.