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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This was the worst disaster to an Atlantic liner until the same shipping line ' s loss
of the Titanic on April 14 , 1912 , when 1 , 490 died , surpassing all nineteenth -
century records and never surpassed by a merchant vessel , though more ...
They drank seawater , and on the fourth day John Roulards died “ of fatigue ” and
was eaten . “ A boy named Tarbuck soon after became delirious . He refused to
partake of any part of the body of his shipmate , and was continually calling out ...
This mercifully sudden death aroused a suspicion confirmed by laboratory
examination at 3 : 30 P . M . of specimens of his glands by a Dr . Frank Tidswell .
There was then no doubt that Dudley had died of a particularly virulent form of ...
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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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