Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation: The Unconventional Life of Katharina von Bora

Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation: The Unconventional Life of Katharina von Bora

by Ruth A. Tucker


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Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther, was by any measure the First Lady of the Reformation. A strong woman with a mind of her own, she would remain unknown to us were it not for her larger than life husband. Unlike other noted Reformation women, her primary vocation was not related to ministry. She was a farmer and a brewer with a boarding house the size of a Holiday Inn - and all that with a large family and nursing responsibilities. In many ways, Katie was a modern woman - a Lean In woman or a modern-day version of a Proverbs 31 woman. Katharina's voice echoes among modern women, wives and mothers who have carved out a career of their own.

Decisive and assertive, she transformed Martin Luther into at least a practicing egalitarian. Katharina was a full partner who was a no-nonsense, confident and determined woman, a starke Frau who did not cower when confronted by a powerful man.

Ruth Tucker invites readers to visit Katie Luther in her sixteenth-century village life - with its celebrations and heartaches, housing, diet, fashion, childbirth, child-rearing and gender restrictions - and to welcome her today into our own living rooms and workplaces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310532156
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ruth A. Tucker (Ph D, Northern Illinois University) has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of dozens of articles and eighteen books, including the award-winning From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Visit her website at www.Ruth Tucker.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Katharina von Bora for All Seasons 7

1 "Jesus Cage": Incarceration in a Cloister 15

2 "Here I Stand": Religious Revolution in Germany 30

3 "A Wagon Load of Vestal Virgins": Escaping the Convent 46

4 "A Bitter Living": Daily Life in Old Wittenberg 62

5 "Pigtails on the Pillow": Marriage to Martin Luther 76

6 "Neither Wood nor Stone": A Reformation Husband 90

7 "From Katie, a Little Heathen": Motherhood at the Manse 104

8 "Morning Star of Wittenberg": At Work before Dawn 118

9 "Hew an Obedient Wife out of Stone": Pushing Gender Boundaries 131

10 "Stop Worrying, Let God Worry": Worrywart of Wittenberg 145

11 "Fifty Gulden" Bible Reading: Undervalued Spirituality 157

12 "No Words Can Express My Heartbreak": Widowhood and Final Years 171

Brand Bora: Concluding Thoughts on Katharina 185

Notes 189

Index 205

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