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Shvoong Home>Books>Katharina von Bora: An Historical Picture of Her Life Review

Katharina von Bora: An Historical Picture of Her Life

Book Review   by:tscribe     Original Author: D Albrecht Thoma
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Katharina von Bora was born on 29 January 1499 to an impoverished family of the lower nobility. She spent her first few years living on her parents' farmstead surrounded by pleasant countryside. But, at the age of five, financial circumstances dictated that she should be placed in a religious institution. Thus she grew up and was educated to be a nun. Discipline was strict in the cloister if the necessities of life were, at least, adequate. By the early 1520's, however, the thoughts and ideas of one Martin Luther had started to penetrate the walls of the nunnery. Katharina found herself sympathetic to those thoughts and ideas and determined to escape to follow the Protestant path. This she achieved though being caught trying to escape could incur the death penalty, beheading, both for attempting escapees and anyone trying to help them. Back in the secular world, after having spent most of her childhood and all of her adolescence cloistered, she became the wife of the leader of the Protestant revolution, Martin Luther. She moved with him into the Black Cloister in Wittenberg, where Luther had originally resided as a monk. Here they built up a great home, entertained many guests and took in many children and adults both rich and destitute.
Katharina, while her husband worked at his theology, worked tirelessly to grow and produce the food needed by this large household, acquiring land and holdings to do so. She also bore her husband six children of which four lived to adulthood. Alas, her husband died in 1546 and she was left to continue with the household on her own. This would have been task enough in itself, but others, principally Chancellor Brück, would have her activities curtailed. On top of that she also needed to flee war and the plague. It was during the flight from the latter when an accident with the horses pulling her wagon taking her and her children to a safer place occurred which led to her death. This story is skilfully told by D Albrecht Thoma, patching together information from many sources. Original German title: "Katharina Von Bora: Geschichtliches Lebensbild"
  1. Answer   Question  :    When did she die ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    She died on 20 December 1552 from "panic, the fall, the cold and probably also an internal injury (broken pelvis)" resulting from the accident in Torgau, where she was nursed in a street next to the cloister there. Thursday, November 08, 2012
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