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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In the event , Danckwerts does not seem to have had much difficulty in
persuading the magistrates to send Dudley and Stephens for trial at the next
assizes before a judge and jury . After referring to the sympathy all must feel for
them , he went ...
At the close of the trial , Dudley and Stephens were bailed to reappear at the next
Cornwall assizes at Bodmin , to be held “ after the Judges of Her Majesty ' s High
Court of Justice shall have given a decision upon the question of a special ...
By some fortunate accident of planning , it is even still possible to leave Falmouth
, as Dudley and Stephens did , by train along the single track line completed in
1865 . Of the old maritime world of Falmouth , there are many reminders — the ...
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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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