Burial Rites

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Hannah Kent
Burial Rites

In the rugged setting of Iceland in 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is charged with the murder of two men. There are no jails in Iceland at this time, so Agnes is sent to the farm of an assistant District Commissioner. The family on the farm is horrified that they will be caring for a convicted murderer until her execution. Agnes is able to tell her story over many months to the young priest who is charged with preparing her soul for death. Over time, through her hard work and by helping several people with her knowledge of the healing arts, the fear and loathing of her hosts turns to empathy. Her version of events paints a complex story that brings sympathy and understanding. Although it reads like fiction, the story is based on extended research into the last person publicly executed in Iceland. A gripping tale.

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Kathleen Z., Administration

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