For my readers who like true crime and who like historical fiction, I’ve got a compelling new title for you to try out. Burial Rites by debut author Hannah Kent tells the story of the last public beheading in Iceland. Agnes Magnusdotir has been stands accused of witchcraft and murder and is sent to the farthest reaches of northern Iceland pending execution in the spring. The wife and daughters on the farm are horrified at housing a witch capable of such violence, but their expectations are shattered when Agnes arrives, silent and docile. Mysteriously, Agnes chooses an assistant priest of the local church as her sole confidant. Throughout the months leading up to the execution, however, Agnes opens up to the women of the farm. Will the details revealed in her final months be enough to change the situation? As this book is historical fiction, the details may be fictionalized, while translated pieces of historic documents sprinkled between chapters remind the reader that the events really did happen.
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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
ISBN: 9780316243919, 319 pages