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 early part of 1883 there arrived in England a prominent Australian lawyer
and politician , John Henry Want ( 1846 – 1905 ) ; he came from Sydney , his
father Randolf John Want having emigrated in 1837 to establish a legal practice ...
John Burton , who now had custody of Dudley ' s property , was a celebrated
local character . His shop , The Old Curiosity Shop , stood a short way from the
police station at 27 Market Street . Here Burton stocked an extraordinary
collection of ...
The captain then suggested that they had better cut O ' Brien ' s throat , the job to
be done by the unhappy John Gorman . At this point , Patrick O ' Brien became
terrified and began to resist . “ The first man , ” he said , “ who laid hands on him ...
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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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