A Public Birching In Flanders

Now isn’t this a festive bit of public birching?

a public birching in 16th century Flanders

Source is this tweet by Johan Oosterman, a professor of medieval and early modern literature at Radboud University in The Netherlands. His caption: “Times changed: corporal punishment was fun for the bystanders in sixteenth century Flanders. CambraiBM125-128”

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  1. web-ed commented on December 20th, 2013:

    This is an interesting find, one of the earlier examples of corporal punishment in the fine arts. Even back then, the bottom was bared for the birch since it’s not effective over clothing, and spectators found the birching to be of interest much in the same way bar paddlings are today.

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