Martin Luther started a fire that burned through the church during the sixteenth century. Monks left monasteries and nun fled abbeys, with the conviction that life in the church did not guarantee salvation. Katharina von Bora is one of those nun’s, given to the church as a child, now hoping to find her calling as a wife and mother. But has she given up too much, too fast? And how can she handle her growing attraction to Martin Luther who is determined to live his risk-filled life alone?
I knew very little about Martin Luther and nothing about his personal life. Jody Hedlund wove historical fact with fictional inspiration in “Luther and Katharina” to create an outstanding read. It was interesting to learn about the challenges and dangers faced by those early pioneers of reformation in the Church. I also enjoyed the characters, not just Martin and Katarina, but the friends and foes also. I have not only a new respect for Martin Luther but an appreciation for the challenges his wife faced at his side.
She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.