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.
Luther and Katharina is by far one of Jody Hedlund’s best written books. I fell in love with this book so quickly. I just adore Hedlund’s gift for bringing historical couples to life.
Make no mistake about it though, this book isn’t about a happily ever after couple. Don’t get me wrong, they were happy, but this is a story of Martin Luther and is wife Katharina. There were trials, tests, beatings, death, and much more. Hedlund brings this couple back to life.
As with a few of her books Hedlund had me thinking “Did that really happen?” This book made me want to read more about Martin Luther and his wife. I wanted to dig up answers about the church reformation and study it. When a book makes me want to do that you know I am hooked.
Obviously that even though this book is about a real couple it is still fiction. But oh my what an amazing read. Hedlund just keeps getting better with each book. Luther and Katharina is a must read.
ISNumber of Pages: 400
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.