Poor Marie, leaning over the quillotine.
Seconds before the lever is pulled and the blade drops and lopes off her head. She looks up at King, Henry the VIII. "Sucker" she calls him. The blade slams down. Her head falls into the basket.
Her body with her hands bound, convulses. Almost standing up by itself. As if to run away. Like a chicken, beheaded before being defeathered. Before the guillotine was invented, or if they just didn't use one, they used a Headsman (executioner) instead, who welded some type of axe. It usually took more than one blow to severe the head.
The executioner pulls the head out of the basket. The spectators roar, children applaud. Her eye lids, flutter. Cheek muscles constrict, her mouth in an evil grimace.
Blood hangs and clots quickly in long drips from her neck.
My question is:
Did Marie Antoinette feel any pain when she died?
Decapitation at one time was believed to be rapid and painless. In most cases of death, the victim's brain dies indirectly, as a result of the heart stopping, but not in her case. Studies have found, a person decapitated, takes seven seconds to lose consciousness, an asphyxiated brain 10 seconds to a minute. Asphyxiated as in, drowning. You can't hold your breath longer than six minutes, until you will feel the sensation of "tearing and burning" as your lungs fill with water.
Burning to death is another story. You feel it as it touches the skin, but the pain decreases as the nerves are burnt away. You might still be alive. I imagine this to be the most painful.
The least painful, Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide has been relegated as the least painful death. Most popular amongst the suicidal crowd.
In those last 7 seconds of Marie Antonette's life. Was that grimace meant for the king or was she feeling pain?