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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But the Mignonette pressed on around the North Foreland and passed through
the Downs , between the Goodwin ... At 8 : 30 a . m . on Wednesday , the
Mignonette reached Southampton and moored in the Itchen River at Northam , off
Fay ' s ...
That was the last I saw of him , for I did not see the Mignonette leave the river . "
History has not recorded his parting from Mary Jane Diaper , but I imagine she
would have seen Mignonette towed down the Itchen river at about 5 : 15 P . M . ,
But a displacement yacht ' s potential maximum speed ( which is rarely reached ,
much less sustained ) is primarily dictated by her length , and Mignonette ' s was
about 91 / 2 knots . She could not possibly rival the runs of the clippers or larger ...
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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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