Cannibalism and Common Law: A Victorian Yachting Tragedy
Bloomsbury Academic, 1994 - 353 páginas
Cannibalism and the Common Law is an enthralling classic of legal history. It tells the tragic story of the yacht Mignonette, which foundered on its way from England to Australia in 1884. The killing and eating of one of the crew, Richard Parker, led to the leading case in the defence of necessity, R. v. Dudley and Stephens. It resulted in their being convicted and sentenced to death, a sentence subsequently commuted. In this tour de force Brian Simpson sets the legal proceedings in their broadest historical context, providing a detailed account of the events and characters involved and of life at sea in the time of sail. Cannibalism and the Common Law is a demonstration that legal history can be written in human terms and can be compulsive reading. This brilliant and fascinating book, a marvelous example of eareful historical detection, and first-class legal history, written by a master.
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before the magistrates at Falmouth given on Thursday , September 18 , Brooks
said that his captain mentioned this possibility several times . The first occasion ,
on about July 16 or 17 , was just after the last of the turtle had been eaten .
case before the magistrates at the renewed hearing on September 18 ,
Danckwerts , without apparently elaborating the point , announced his intention
of turning Brooks into a prosecution witness : “ As to Brooks , having carefully
Brooks went on to tell that lots were drawn but faked . After this macabre meeting
the bearded and bucketed Brooks fades away again . Tradition has it that at one
point he even lived in Itchen Ferry itself at Smith ' s Quay next door to Albert ...
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A look at all the different ways the legal system can interpret cannibalism for survival. Simpson profiles cases of frontier cannibalism, touching briefly on the Donner Party, then more extensively on ... Ler resenha completa
Sergeant Laverty Makes an Arrest
The Mignonette Goes Foreign
The Horrid Deed
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