Martin Luther is well known as the reformer of the Christian faith in Germany with his famous writings and issues with the Catholic church. Less well known is his wife, Katharina, and how she entered his life.
Katharina was a well bred woman who was sent to the convent as a young child. Her family believed this was best for her, and as she grew up there, believed it too. But the sheltered life was not all that those outside thought it was. While the convent was a place of prayer and devotion to God, there were also issues with sexual misconduct and abuse. In addition, despite what the Catholic church taught, anyone can be close to God, not just those who devote their lives to poverty and silence. Katharina always longed to be a wife and mother, but that was impossible in the convent. But when a smuggled copy of Martin Luther’s writings found its way around the nuns, she began to see her desire was not wrong and began forming a plan to escape the convent.
This novel is very interesting and shows Martin and Katharina as real people dealing with real life issues. I have read other books about Martin Luther, so was familiar with his general history, so I enjoyed this book.
I would recommend it for those who enjoy a good love story as well,
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.