Luther and Katharina

Luther and Katharina

By Jody Hedlund

  • Release Date: 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 11 Ratings
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A Christy Award-winning novel chronicling the forbidden romance between Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora, set against the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.

She was a nun of noble birth. He was a heretic, a reformer, and 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. 
- Christy Award: Historical Romance Fiction Winner


  • My Mistake

    By NotBrightEnough
    I did not realize until too late that this was Historical Romance, not Historical Fiction. As Historical Fiction I thought it was 3 stars, but having no reference for Historical Romance, I accepted the view of so many others and gave it 5 stars as Historical Romance, for an overall score of 4. And a determination to be more careful in my future selections. It did open my eyes that while the Reformation was a time of religious awakening, many were still caught in their old ways and took advantage and/or revenge as they could.
  • Great historical

    By Bookworm Hannah
    This is a top-notch retelling of the romance between the well-known Reformer and his wife Katharina. Told mostly from Katharina's perspective, it brings to life the feelings of the era and the hurdles the Reformers had to overcome. The populace and their leaders are used to responding to different opinions with physical brutality; can the characters even survive? And how can two stubborn people ever find love?