Book Launch: ‘Katharina Luther: Nun, Wife, Rebel’ by Anne Boileau

Tuesday 11th October at 7.30 pm

Come and join us to celebrate the launch of a new novel which tells the fascinating but little known story of Katharina, wife of Martin Luther.


On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther pinned ninety-five theses on the Castle Church door, Wittenberg, criticizing the Church of Rome; they were printed and published by Lucas Cranach and caused a storm. Nine young nuns, intoxicated by Luther’s subversive writings, became restless and longed to leave their convent. On Good Friday 1523 a haulier smuggled them out hidden in empty herring barrels. Five of them settled in Wittenberg, the very eye of the storm, and one of them – Katharina von Bora – scandalised the world by marrying the revolutionary former monk. Following a near miscarriage, she is confined to her bed to await the birth of their first child; during this time, she sets down her own story. Against a backdrop of 16th Century Europe this vivid account of Katharina von Bora’s early life brings to the spotlight this spirited and courageous woman.

Anne Boileau grew up on a small farm in rural Suffolk and has an affinity with its ancient landscape, its history and wildlife. She studied German in Munich and worked as translator, interpreter and language teacher before returning to University to study for a BSc. She translates German poetry into English and her own poems have appeared in many anthologies. Awards include: Second prize in the George Crabbe Competition 2012, third prize 2014 and First Prize in the Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2016. Her poetry collection Shoal Moon was published by Grey Hen Press in 2014.

Katharina Luther is published in paperback by Clink Press price £8.99.