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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Numerous contemporary accounts caution the yacht owner against the risk of
slovenly or even fraudulent conduct by unreliable yacht hands . One survivor
from this lost world , Budge Frost of Tollesbury , has redressed the balance by
Yet fortune prov ' d unkind to us , All on that fatal day , A storm arose and soon did
wash Three of our hands away . Until the setting of the sun Did foaming billows
rise . The waves did lift their lofty heads , To meet the lowering skies . Then thro ...
And when the daylight did appear we viewed our awful state , Eight of our hands
were drowned and Griffin our first mate Down below we could not go where our
fresh water lay , And as for meat we had none to eat for all was washed away .
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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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