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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Tom Dudley None of Dudley ' s written accounts of the story mentions any
proposal being made to draw lots in order to ... It raises the suspicion that the
whole subject of lot drawing was for some reason something better not
mentioned at all .
His account continues , “ I remarked , “ We shall have to draw lots boys . ... Indeed
, another curiosity of the evidence is that , in his accounts of the story , Stephens
never said anything at all about drawing lots : the evidence for the discussion of ...
He ( Dudley ) said we should have to draw lots . ... lots were drawn might well in
retrospect have so embarrassed Dudley that he felt unable to mention the
discussion of drawing lots at all in his numerous written accounts of what
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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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