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Katharina von Bora escaped a monastery  4/4/1523 (also that year on “Easter” eve).  She is thought to have been born at Lippendorf (another town’s also been guessed) on 1/29/1499.  Her parents are thought to have been land owners but there seems less certainty about their names.  She was sent to a Benedictine cloister in 1504 & later her name appears on a provision list at a Cistercian monastery (of all places).

Leonhard Koppe, a merchant & city councilman of Torgua, regularly delivered supplies to this monastery. For him to deliver six barrels of pickled herring the day before “Resurrection Morning” was not unusual.  What WAS unusual was when his wagon (covered) pulled away he had a “six-pack of nuns” in those barrels (some say 12 nuns – number may be correct; I heard 6 years ago).  They came to Wittenberg & Luther, who had helped them escape, found places for them all – all except Katharina 🙂

One tradition has it she mentioned to Luther that he’d encouraged former monks to marry but he hadn’t. (Was this somewhere near a proposal? :))  Another source said she let it be known she would not marry unless it was Martin (or another she named).  Luther decided “his marriage would please his father, rile the pope, cause the angels to laugh, and the devils to weep.”  He married “Katie” (26) 6/13/1525.  They had a loving marriage (6 children) & she helped show other former nuns/monks how to have happy homes.

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