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15b Despenser Retable, Norwich Cathedral, 1381-1400, detail of Flagellation. Margery Kempe (Ch. 80) records a meditation on the Passion of Christ in which she describes a sequence that very easily may have been taken from a contemporary altarpiece. Kempe’s meditation, like the altarpiece, begins with the Flagellation, stating that she “saw” Christ bound with his hands over his head, as in the retable.