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This serene slice-of-life drama is unusual in the fact that it is set in ninth century Italy. In the story, a variety of people have gathered at a relgious establishment at Malfole in what is now Tuscany, an abby associated with the cult of the Virgin Mary. One of the pilgrims is a local ruler who is certain that he is destined to die soon. If so, he would prefer to do it near the site of his late wife's grave. Another pilgrim is a royal concubine who is about to give birth to a child: her future will be very good indeed if the child turns out to be a boy. An executioner and his apprentice… More