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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indeed have been somewhat on the defensive , since he was , as captain ,
responsible for the condition in which the yacht put to sea ; he ought to have
known of any weakness . This explanation tallies with two curious pieces of oral
The prospectors were traveling with several wagons , and they intended to set
out for Breckenridge in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado to
prospect for silver and gold ; once this was known , the Indians became friendly .
Here the legal position was governed by what are known as the “ McNaghten
Rules , ” laid down by the judges in answer to questions put to them by the House
of Lords in 1843 in connection with the trial of one Daniel McNaghten .
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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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