The Zong and the Lord Chief Justice

  title={The Zong and the Lord Chief Justice},
  author={Jeremy Krikler},
  journal={History Workshop Journal},
  pages={29 - 47}
  • J. Krikler
  • Published 21 September 2007
  • History, Law
  • History Workshop Journal
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