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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Indirectly , perhaps , this study may also illuminate some wider issues of legal
theory ; but I have confined myself to telling the story of a great tragedy of the sea
and of the strange legal proceedings to which it gave rise . The book is not at all ...
stories have evolved around the tale of the Man - Eater of Macquarie Harbour ,
the only clear instance ( with Robert ... The earliest was the classic story of the
Donner party , cut off and starving in the High Sierras during the winter of 1846 –
Curiously enough , Samuel Plimsoll either did not know of the story of the Euxine
or , if he did , kept quiet about it in public . She was not one of the five lost Bates
ships Plimsoll specifically named on July 22 in the Commons when he attacked ...
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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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