Mary Stuart was sent for execution because of her attempt to overthrow the Queen of England in the 16th century. For Mary, her beheading would not be quick and easy. One executioner held her down while the other lifted the axe, upon swinging he missed causing the blade to not go straight through her neck, leaving the head partially severed. This forced the executioner to have no other choice but to swing again to finish the execution. The head was finally detached while her lips continued to whimper.