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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She was originally rigged as a yawl , carrying , in addition to her mainmast , a
very small mizzenmast set right aft almost on the taffrail . This technically made
her a yawl , but she was essentially a cutter . She carried a very large spread of ...
On her second voyage that year , the Francis Spaight carried some 216
emigrants to Quebec ; many came from the estate of Derry Castle , which Spaight
purchased in 1844 and systematically cleared of peasants . She must have
sailed from ...
The local press a few days later carried the story of the emigrant ship Cospatrick .
A sailing barque of 1 , 199 tons , she had left Gravesend , England , on
September 11 for New Zealand under charter to the Colonial Government to
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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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