Meet Katie Luther

Reformation Role: Katharina von Bora was a former nun who married Dr. Martin Luther in 1525 at the age of 26. Luther was 41 at the time.

What does this mean? Though Luther originally married Katie to give her a proper home and to outwardly defy the Catholic Church ban on marriage of clergy, he grew to love her dearly.

Fun Facts about Katie Luther

  • At the age of 9 Katie was sent to a convent.
  • She and a group of nuns were smuggled out of the convent by hiding among fish barrels of a local merchant who had been sent by Luther to ensure their safe release.
  • While married to Luther, she had 6 children. He affectionately called her, “Kitty, my rib.”