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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But his connection with Mignonette did not last long ; the very next morning he
changed his mind and deserted the ship ; his reason is not recorded . For this , in
theory , he could have been criminally punished , but Dudley simply recorded his
Unhappily , her longest daily run is not recorded , but her progress out does
indicate that she was a fast yacht , resolutely sailed . Dudley must have kept a log
, and from his recollection of this he could record the progress of the Mignonette ...
Brooks ' s apprenticeship will have been recorded , but I have not checked it .
Dudley ' s voyages up to 1878 have been traced from his certificate application
and incomplete ships ' papers dispersed among the P . R . O . ( BT 99 ) , the
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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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