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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These were posted in Plymouth and later gave Phillipa Dudley the mistaken
impression that Dudley had put in there . Mignonette was making good about four
miles an hour , or 96 miles a day , and this in light winds . At noon on the same
... timber for the return journey ; she carried a large deck cargo . She had a crew
of 18 , of whom four were boy apprentices ; at the time , merchant vessels were
required by law to carry a proportion of apprentices . They included Patrick ( or
Pat ) ...
was caught in a tureen cover , and on the seventh day another vessel passed
four miles away but took no notice of them . The behavior of the survivors
deteriorated as conditions grew worse , with vindictive attitudes directed toward
Patrick O ...
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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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