There is a particular incident I read a while back, involving a French executioner beheading someone with a sword. Evidently the blow from the sword was so quick, precise, and superbly executed that the head did not immediately fall.
The man just stood there, as if nothing had happened. The spectators thought that the executioner had actually missed, but he simply said to his victim something along the lines of, “Shake yourself – it is done!”, whereupon, in a few seconds, the man collapsed. Or, more accurately, the severed head fell one way, and the decapitated body fell the other way to the floor.
Now, at this point, I do not remember where I read this account.
I am wondering, though – is this even possible?
As always, I appreciate any information that you guys can give me.
And I apologize for the gruesome subject matter!