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Katharina von Bora

The unlikely story of a runaway nun who married a renegade monk

By Sukeshinie Goonatilleke

In 1519, Martin Luther took the little German village of Grimma by storm. He had recently become somewhat of a national icon for having taken on the famous Dr. Eck in a seriously heavyweight theological disputation in Leipzig. The relatively unknown German monk was catapulted to stardom overnight and became the poster boy for a transformative new movement that would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation.

So when Luther sailed into Grimma with the winds of triumph gusting in his sails, he was a force to be reckoned with. And as was to be expected, he left a fairly indelible mark. One of those he left a deep impression on was the Prior of the Augustinian Monastery in Grimma, Wolfgang von Zschau. Not only was Wolfgang extremely impressed with Luther’s teachings, he was determined to share what he had heard with as many people as he

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  1. Originally featured on “Lineage,” a multifaceted educational tool designed to help you understand your spiritual heritage and explore the links between the past, present, and future. Find this story and more in the book Sisters in Arms—Courageous Women of the Reformation, available on lineagejourney.comUsed with permission.