I'm rather perplexed.
Having recently watched the 'newly' released Anne Boleyn, I was surprised by the portrayl of her death. Not how she died, by beheading, but the way in which her head was displaced from her body.
She nealed, maintained her posture, her hands unbound if I recall correctly and the executioner standing behind having taken leverage of a sword, proceeded to strike her with such vigour just above her neckline.
Mary, Queen of Scots too was beheaded, but with her hands bound, nealed and bent at the waist with her head placed upon the despatch block. Needless to say, it was the force of an axe which eneded her life.
I knew that a royal death by way of execution was beheading, but I'm not aware if having been born a royal dictated differently to marrying into the position, ie: Axe for royals of the blood and a sword for commoners come royals.
But Anne's brother too was beheaded, but by the swing of an axe so I'm rather confused. Are there any accounts of how infact Anne Boleyn's head was removed? Or that of her brother?
Is anyone able to shed some light?
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