Decapitation (See also Headlessness.) Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Decapitation (See also Headlessness.)

  1. Antoinette, Marie (1755–1793) queen of France beheaded by revolutionists. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1697]
  2. Argos lulled to sleep and beheaded by Hermes. [Gk. Myth.: Metamorphoses, I]
  3. Boleyn, Anne (1507–1536) beheaded by husband, Henry VIII, for adultery and incest. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 325]
  4. Gawain, Sir challenged by the Green Knight, Gawain cuts off his head. [Br. Lit.: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in Benét, 934]
  5. Grey, Lady Jane (1537–1554) English queen beheaded at 17. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 1146]
  6. Guillotin, Joseph (1738–1814) physician; advocated humane method of capital punishment. [Fr. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 164]
  7. Holofernes Assyrian commander-in-chief beheaded by Judith. [Apocrypha: Judith 13:4–10]
  8. Hydra nine-headed serpent beheaded by Heracles. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 489]
  9. John the Baptist head presented as gift to Salome. [N.T.: Mark 6:25–28]
  10. Medusa beheaded by Perseus. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 206; Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
  11. More, Sir Thomas (1478–1535) English statesman beheaded by King Henry VIII. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 1830]
  12. Queen of Hearts constantly orders beheadings. [Br. Lit.: Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]