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Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk

Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk

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Their revolutionary marriage was arguably one of the most scandalous and intriguing in history. Yet five centuries later, we still know little about Martin and Katharina Luther's life as husband and wife. Until now.

Against all odds, the unlikely union worked, over time blossoming into the most tender of love stories. This unique biography tells the riveting story of two extraordinary people and their extraordinary relationship, offering refreshing insights into Christian history and illuminating the Luthers' profound impact on the institution of marriage, the effects of which still reverberate today. By the time they turn the last page, readers will have a deeper understanding of Luther as a husband and father and will come to love and admire Katharina, a woman who, in spite of her pivotal role, has been largely forgotten by history.

Together, this legendary couple experienced joy and grief, triumph and travail. This book brings their private lives and their love story into the spotlight and offers powerful insights into our own twenty-first-century understanding of marriage.

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  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 0801019109
  • ISBN-13: 9780801019104
  • SKU: 9780801019104
  • Release Date: January 31, 2017
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Height: 1.30 inches
  • Width: 5.70 inches
  • Length: 8.60 inches
  • Weight: 1.06 pounds

About the Author


Michelle DeRusha

Michelle DeRusha

A Massachusetts native, Michelle DeRusha moved to Nebraska in 2001, where she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of Cornish hens ... and God. She writes about finding and keeping faith in the everyday at michellederusha.com, as well as for the Lincoln Journal Star, Prodigal Magazine and The High Calling.
Michelle earned a Bachelor in English from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters in English from the University of Connecticut. She worked as a magazine writer and editor in New York City, a PR and marketing specialist for a community college and a fundraiser for PBS and NPR before settling down into her career and calling as a writer.
She is mom to two bug-loving boys, Noah and Rowan, and is married to Brad, an English professor who reads Moby Dick for fun.

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