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Praise for
Luther and Katharina

“Jody Hedlund's
Luther and Katharina
is an absorbing and deeply researched look into the life and ministry of a figure in church history I'd previously known only from a few dusty facts. Jody breathes life into those facts with this fascinating and intimate portrayal of Martin Luther's life.
Luther and Katharina
is a compelling tale of tested faith, tumultuous church history, and incredible courage against daunting odds—and one of the most unique love stories I've read in ages.”

—
L
ORI
B
ENTON
, author of
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
and
The Wood's Edge

“My favorite Jody Hedlund novel to date!
Luther and Katharina
is a work of heart, showcasing a unique setting, a rich plot, and a shimmering romance drawn from two of history's most beloved heroes of the faith, Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora. Well done!”

—
L
AURA
F
RANTZ
, author of
The Mistress of Tall Acre


Luther and Katharina
is a sweeping romance set against the turbulent background of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. At times heartbreaking, at times breathtaking, readers will be swept away by both the love story and the historical details woven expertly through every chapter. Don't miss this one!”

—
R
OBIN
L
EE
H
ATCHER
, best-selling author of
Whenever You Come Around
and
Keeper of the Stars

“Complex and emotionally rich,
Luther and Katharina
gripped me from the very start and never let go. Not even when the final page was turned. The history, the love story, the depth of faith in this novel is masterfully woven by Jody Hedlund.”

—
T
AMERA
A
LEXANDER
,
USA Today
best-selling author of
To Win Her Favor
and
A Lasting Impression

B
OOKS BY
J
ODY
H
EDLUND
The Hearts of Faith Series

The Preacher's Bride

The Doctor's Lady

Rebellious Heart

The Michigan Brides Collection

Unending Devotion

A Noble Groom

Captured by Love

The Beacons of Hope Series

Out of the Storm: A Novella

Love Unexpected

Hearts Made Whole

Young Adult

The Vow: Prequel to An Uncertain Choice, A Novella

An Uncertain Choice

L
UTHER AND
K
ATHARINA

P
UBLISHED BY
W
ATER
B
ROOK
P
RESS

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All Scripture quotations or paraphrases are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

This is a work of fiction. Apart from well-known people, events, and locales that figure into the narrative, all names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author's imagination and are used fictitiously.

Trade Paperback ISBN 9781601427625

eBook ISBN 9781601427632

Copyright © 2015 by Jody Hedlund

Cover design by Kristopher K. Orr; cover photography by Mike Heath, Magnus-Creative

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Published in the United States by WaterBrook Multnomah, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.

W
ATER
B
ROOK
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Hedlund, Jody.

Luther and Katharina : a novel of love and rebellion / Jody Hedlund.—First edition.

pages ; cm

ISBN 978-1-60142-762-5 (softcover)—ISBN 978-1-60142-763-2 (electronic) 1. Luther, Katharina von Bora, 1499-1552—Fiction. 2. Luther, Martin, 1483-1546—Fiction. 3. Reformation—Germany—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3608.E333L88 2015

813'.6—dc23

2015015818

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This book is for you, Dad.

As a Lutheran pastor you embodied Martin Luther in so many ways: in personality, love of family, devotion to the gospel, and passion for your flock. You were well loved everywhere you served.

As you look down from heaven, I hope you're proud of your little girl.

Katharina von Bora
—a daughter of noble birth, but raised in convents from the age of five; also called Kate

Martin (or Martinus) Luther
—once an Augustinian monk but excommunicated by the Catholic church; nailed his
Ninety-Five Theses
to the door of
All Saints' Church
in
Wittenberg
on October 31, 1517, sparking the Reformation; renowned minister and writer of the sixteenth century

Abbess Margareta (Reverend Mother)
—at Marienthron, she disciplines Katharina for Baltazar; also Katharina's aunt

Abbot Baltazar
—Abbot of Marienthron

Amsdorf
—friend to Luther

Aunt Lena/Aunt Magdalena (von Bora)
—remains at Marienthron after Katharina escapes; serves as a mother figure to Katharina

Charles V
—historical figure, lived 1500–1558; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1519–1556

Cranach family
—Lucas Cranach, one of the wealthiest men in Wittenberg, owns a printing shop and prints most of Luther's writings; a famous painter; his wife, Barbara, befriends Katharina

Dr. Glatz of Orlamünde
—lives in Wittenberg; a rector

Elector Frederick
—Luther's benefactor and protector, who has his home palace in Torgau; also known as Prince Frederick, or Frederick III, Elector of Saxony

Greta
—maidservant to Katharina; escapes with her from the Marienthron convent; in love with Thomas

Hans Luther
—father of Jacob and Martin; a smelter

Jacob Luther
—Martin's younger brother

Jerome Baumgartner
—friend of Elsa Reichenbach; comes to stay and develops a relationship with Katharina von Bora

Johann von Staupitz
—Augustinian vicar and a mentor to Luther

Justus Jonas
—close friend of Luther's

Margaret von Schonfeld
—a nun who escaped from the Marienthron convent; a close friend to Katharina and is interested in Luther

Merchant Koppe
—a supporter of Luther; helps the nuns escape

Pastor Johannes Bugenhagen
—pastor of the Stadtkirche in Wittenberg; a friend of Luther's

Philipp Melanchthon
—friend of Luther's; father to little Anna

Reichenbach family
—the family Katharina initially works for in Wittenberg; Elsa is wife and mother; her husband is the mayor

Thomas
—Merchant Koppe's servant; in love with Greta

Wolfgang
—Luther's manservant at the Black Cloister

Zeschau sisters
—Fronica and Etta; were tortured at Marienthron but escaped with Katharina

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