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Published by WATERBROOK Press on October 6th 2015
Genres: Biographical, Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
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.
Before finding out about this book, I hadn’t read any fiction about Martin Luther nor did I know the more personal details about his life. So I was surprised to learn that he had married, I assumed he didn’t because none of the brief lessons I had of him never mentioned Katharina von Bora, a woman who probably had very great influence on Martin’s work and a driving force that supported him through the dangers that were always lurking around the corner for a man who challenged longstanding tradition to bring reformation.
Luther and Katharina is one of those books that gives us not only a sweet love story, but also opens our eyes to the troubling history and the terrible things that people had to suffer through and die for because they chose to believe a bit differently from the established church doctrine. The story does not sugarcoat the hardships Martin Luther endured, the threats he faced nearly every day. At the same time, it does not ignore the brutality of the peasants and princes.
Katharina is portrayed as a strong and admittedly proud woman. I admired her character and her choice to escape her life as a nun in order to live the way God really intended and not by the choice of her family who placed her there. I also liked the way Martin was written, as he came across as a man with conviction, mortal worries and doubts that would torment anyone in his position. Katherina and Luther’s chemistry was the cutest thing, ever. I adored their interactions, arguing or not.
Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion is a must read for fans of Jody Hedlund and those who want to learn a little more about the great Martin Luther and his wife Katharina von Bora.