Wasn't the original name of “The Queen is Dead” “Margaret on the guillotine”?
Its heart is in the French Revolution, but so is the guillotine.
The main approaches to execution since the guillotine have been hanging, the firing squad, and the electric chair.
From Vampires to the guillotine: The Dead in European History.
Before we rush to guillotine the Salahis, why not award them a Presidential Medal of Freedom?
With the light of the next morning's sun they were to be led to the guillotine.
They might as well send for the guillotine at once, and cut off all our heads.
For, in the words of that member of the Convention who did not like the guillotine, to kill is not to reply.
Beauharnais had but little hope that he should escape the guillotine.
A blunder was taken as a proof of treason, and there lay over the ordering of every general movement the threat of the guillotine.
"The name of the machine in which the axe descends in grooves from a considerable height so that the stroke is certain and the head instantly severed from the body." ["Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure," January 1793], 1791, from French guillotine, named in recognition of French physician Joseph Guillotin (1738-1814), who as deputy to the National Assembly (1789) proposed, for humanitarian and efficiency reasons, that capital punishment be carried out by beheading quickly and cleanly on a machine, which was built in 1791 and first used the next year. The verb is first attested 1794. Related: Guillotined; guillotining.
guillotine guil·lo·tine (gĭl'ə-tēn', gē'ə-)
A ring-shaped instrument with a sliding knifeblade running through it, used in cutting off an enlarged tonsil.
A machine designed for beheading people quickly and with minimal pain. The guillotine, which used a large falling knife blade, was devised by a physician, Joseph Guillotin, during the French Revolution and was used as the official method of execution in France until the twentieth century.