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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They were also struck by the fact that after drinking seawater Richard could not
bring himself to drink urine again . Stephens too may have drunk rather more
seawater than he admitted - he was the next weakest , suffering greatly from
In fact the men were not put on Adventure but on a merchant steamship , the
Nestor . The Nestor left Singapore on May 22 ; news that the men were
consigned to England reached the Colonial Office only on June 7 . The Colonial
Office was ...
But in the end he gave way , taking the view that , where the jury referred the facts
to the court , it was not necessary for the jury to agree formally upon a “ finding ”
or “ verdict " at all ; the long - winded conditional verdict did not in fact matter .
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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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