At five Katharina is placed in a convent. At twenty-five she marries Martin Luther – the most controversial man in Europe. This is her story – of courage, resilience in the face of adversity and a determination to choose her own life. Runner-up Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018. ‘Assured, evocative, compelling. A fascinating reading experience.’ (Lead judge HNS)
From multi award-winning novelist, Margaret Skea. Runner-up Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018.
‘It is very shameful that children, especially defenceless young girls, are pushed into the nunneries. Shame on the unmerciful parents who treat their own so cruelly.’ – Martin Luther
Five-year-old Katharina is placed in the convent at Brehna. She will never see her father again.
Sixty-five miles away, at Erfurt in Thuringia, Martin Luther, a promising young law student, turns his back on a lucrative career in order to become a monk.
The consequences of their meeting in Wittenberg, on Easter Sunday 1523, will reverberate down the centuries and throughout the Christian world.
A compelling portrayal of Katharina von Bora, set against the turmoil of the Peasant’s War and the German Reformation … and the controversial priest at its heart.
‘Assured, evocative, compelling.’
(Lead judge HNS)
‘A wonderfully vivid portrait. Skea knows her history, but more importantly, she writes with imagination and humanity.’
(Professor Alec Ryrie, Durham University, author of Protestants)