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 due course no doubt he would have proceeded to obtain a certificate as
master mariner ; in the event he never did . From Camellia Dudley moved to
command Volga , another Fife yacht built in 1878 , 38 feet overall and rated at 10
The repairs would have been much discussed in Fay ' s Yard after the news
reached Southampton , and Brooks ' s reluctance to sail may have been
connected with doubts about the condition of the yacht . Fox ' s explanation tallies
with an ...
In the nature of things , some of these stories of the sea may be inaccurate in
detail ; no doubt in the aftermath of shipwrecks there was a fair amount of lying
and romantic embroidery , designed to place the informant in a better light or 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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