Those people familiar with Hannah Kent's magnificent historical Novel "Burial Rites" will know that it relates to real events that took place in Iceland in 1830. The last execution of a woman in this extraordinary country is a tale that has captivated many. What may not be widely known is that Agnusdottir and her accomplice Fridrick Sigurdsson are buried in a tiny graveyard in an out of the way place on the Vatnsnes Peninsula in Northern Iceland.
The hamlet of Tjorn, not even a town, just a few isolated farm houses and this tiny church are the final resting place for these two people. The grave was originally unmarked, but in the last couple of years a headstone has been added, in part due to the runaway success and fame generated by the novel. There was also an Icelandic documentary made a few years ago, but it seems this was only for local release. With the image below I hope to have captured some of the sense of isolation and melancholy that this story creates.