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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... ample opportunities before and after landing at Falmouth to discuss what they
would say , it is possible , as I have suggested , that the full story of what went on
before Richard Parker was killed was not told at the time . Certainly the more ...
The jury convicted Holmes ; why , it is of course not possible to tell . Nor , to be
fair to Judge Baldwin , did he give any hint as to how the case should be decided
by them ; he trusted the jury to apply the principles he had set out and come up ...
One possible source was the acting consul in Batavia . He proved , however ,
less than amenable . The governor communicated with him on February 17 ,
asking him to furnish all possible evidence as to how the depositions were
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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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