A Short History of Beheading

Now more associated with terrorism, it was once the preferred form of execution for the one under the ax.

Beheading: Once a Nobleman's Death : Discovery News

Though historically decapitation was essentially a means to an end, the beheading element itself carried a powerful message, and continues to do so today. There are far cleaner and less gruesome ways to kill a person, but few things make a greater impression on the public than seeing a severed head. That shock value is used to strike fear in enemies and ensure obedience.

via Beheading: Once a Nobleman’s Death : Discovery News.

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