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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His story of the rescue is elaborated with much detail , some of it transparently
inaccurate ( the dinghy in his account was rowed to windward of the barque ,
whereas of course it was only rowed at all because it was to leeward ) . Again it
Food and of course whisky , regarded as essential in the old West , were
provided , and Packer disappeared . He was eventually located in 1883 at Fort
Fetterman , in the Wyoming Territory . He was using the name of John Schwartze
, and he ...
Your Lordship will take a certain course whether the prisoners were justified or
not under the necessity of the caseBaron Huddleston : Certainly not . I shall lay
down as a matter of law there was no justification . I shall lay that down distinctly ...
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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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