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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Regular passenger vessels were in no way immune from disaster , either . ...
surpassing all nineteenth - century records and never surpassed by a merchant
vessel , though more passengers alone died on the Empress of Ireland in 1914 .
Two versions exist , one published in 1711 and written by Jasper Dean , brother
of John Dean ( who was captain ) , and additionally vouched for by Miles
Whitworth , who was on the vessel during her voyage : this also appeared in a
After the vessel became waterlogged on a voyage from Quebec to Padstow ,
Master Rashleigh ( the vessel was presumably called after his wife ) , two mates ,
and three seamen took to the longboat and were picked up after nine days on ...
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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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