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In her lifetime Conchita Cintrón was considered the greatest matadora in the world. She began the dangerous sport of bullfighting as she entered her teens and retired fourteen years later. After only two years of horseback riding lessons, she facedMoreIn her lifetime Conchita Cintrón was considered the greatest matadora in the world. She began the dangerous sport of bullfighting as she entered her teens and retired fourteen years later. After only two years of horseback riding lessons, she faced her first bull from the back of a horse. She quickly progressed to fighting on foot as well. Her meetings with 750 bulls took her all over South America and Europe. During that time she endured several gorings and witnessed the deaths of four fellow bullfighters.Conchita Cintrón was La Diosa Rubia—The Blonde Goddess—the most famous female bullfighter in history. She didn’t reach this pinnacle easily. She confronted her first bull in the ring at age thirteen, fighting as a rejonedora, a mounted bullfighter in the Portuguese style. Male fighters both feared and scorned her abilities. Many resented her trying to break into the male-dominated sport. Conchita ignored everyone but her talented instructor, Ruy da Camara, himself once a famous rejoneador. She was not satisfied with fighting from horseback and determined to be a toreadora, the female version of the Spanish matador. Although she often had to fight on foot in private arenas to avoid the authorities, she developed her skills both on horseback and on foot, sometimes fighting both ways in the same contest.The climax came in her final fight in Spain, when she defied the law and sprang from her horse to meet the bull on the ground. Instead of killing it, she dropped her sword to the hot sand and caressed the bull’s neck as it charged past her. The crowd roared its approval- the governor expressed his disapproval by having her arrested. But the crowd would not have it. They insisted on her freedom which was finally granted to her. Conchita walked out of the ring at Jaén, Spain, and never fought again.Conchita Cintrón: 15 Minutes to Kill will fascinate readers as they follow the career of the Blonde Goddess.