In 1884 two intensely respectable seamen, survivors of the yacht Mignonette, were sentenced to death for killing their young shipmate Richard Parker in order to eat him, which they did. This macabre incident lives on in the leading case of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens, familiar everywhere to students of Anglo-American law. On the centenary of the Mignonette's foundering, A. W. Brian Simpson unfolds the history of this famous case, taking the reader back to a time when cannibalism was common at sea and rife in the public imagination. -- Simpson's tale brings to life the Victorian yachting world, the stories of wrecks, heroism and suffering at sea, and the legends and anecdotes, both grisly and hilarious, of cannibals and murderers at sea and in the wilderness.
History, Europe, Great-Britain, England,