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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The sailors sheltered in the wreck with no fire and no covering . The captain soon
died . Willett , another sailor , had a broken back and two broken thighs ; he
lasted in this condition for eight weeks , freezing to death on January 27 .
But Plimsoll ' s work formed part of a process , and as far as our story is
concerned , his importance lies principally in the part he played in generating
public sympathy for sailors , in much the same way as Florence Nightingale
There is no doubt , of course , that the heroism of the sailors would have
awakened universal admiration had they withstood the pangs of hunger and
thirst , and have died together rather than resort to the horrible expedient by
which the lives ...
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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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