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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Dudley ' s and Stephens ' s depositions survive in the original . Dudley records
details of the yacht ; her crew of four ; including the boy , Richard Parker ; and her
voyage . He attributes her loss laconically in the space provided to “ stress of ...
An account published in Sydney in 1884 claimed that after her original
construction she had been modified , an original square transom stern being
converted into an elliptical counter stern , built up on her original structure . This
is compatible ...
He appeared to have too much money on him . Other members of the original
party arrived , and they all began to doubt his story . One peculiarly suspicious
circumstance to those not familiar with Packer ' s navigational skill was the fact
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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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