Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tâoti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. As Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. Burial Rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place.
Inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.
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