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Katharina Fortitude

(Katharina #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Eagerly-awaited conclusion to Katharina Deliverance Runner-up in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018.

'Behind even a great (sometimes, noisy, fractious) man, there is often a quietly strong, more amenable woman.
Margaret Skea's deep research and empathy brings alive one of those. If you like your historical fiction truthful and complex, then this novel about
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Sanderling Books
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Rachel Martin
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating sequel

Katharina Fortitude is a fascinating sequel to ‘Deliverance’ and covers Katharina Luther’s adult life from early marriage through to her death. I knew very little about this period of history, but found it really interesting. There’s lots of reference to both theological points of contention and historical events, but neither obscure what is at its heart a very personal story of one woman’s life, struggles and triumphs in the midst of world changing events.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction at its best.

I loved this book; beautifully written and meticulously researched Katharina: Fortitude by Margaret Skea it presents a vivid portrait of Katharina von Bora from the beginning of her married life with Martin Luther in 1525 to her death in 1552. It is the conclusion to Katharina: Deliverance, which covered the early years of her life from 1505 up to her wedding to Luther.

They both work well as standalone novels but I think reading both gives a fully rounded picture o
Stephen Gallup
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
More so than some other sequels, this one is tightly knitted into its predecessor, Katharina . Reading that one first would be key to understanding the characters and their relationships.

On the other hand, the narration includes a multitude of subtle, intimate details—a character's thoughts and impressions, fears and doubts—that ring true and will be familiar to anyone. As this is the third Margaret Skea title to come my way, I've learned her strengths include the ability to craft entirely un
Paul Bennett
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Eagerly-awaited conclusion to Katharina Deliverance - Runner-up in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018.

'Beautifully written and meticulously researched - historical fiction at its best.' BooksPlease
Fans of Hilary Mantel, C J Sansom and Winston Graham will love this book.

‘We are none of us perfect, and a streak of stubbornness is what is needed in dealing with a household such as yours, Kat… and with Martin.’

Wittenberg 1525. The unexpected marriage of Martin Luther to Katharina
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The second book in the story of Luther, his wife and family as more children are conceived, political change and continued Reformation challenges impact the family and citizens of Wittenburg. War and plague make their visits on widowed Katharina as she struggles to maintain their property and welfare of her family. The portrayal is finely tuned with solid historical research and a compassionate voice.

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Celeste Cruz
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a historical fiction and contains religion mentions. I actually enjoy it’s reference because it makes sense because who she marries. You follow her life and as in any marriage there are ups and downs. Since it’s a historical fiction you get the time line as references and you follow her experiences. I think the writing was easy to understand and very informative m. I enjoyed it a lot.
Richard Tearle
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two things make good historical fiction; sound research and excellent storytelling. Katharina: Fortitude has both and, I am delighted to say, the degree of 'excellent storytelling' promote this book from 'good' to 'great'.

We begin where Katharina: Deliverance left off with the wedding of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora. It is a wedding that is not fully approved of either by some of the townsfolk of Wittenberg or the various different Christian religions, most notably the Pope and the Catho
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say that I read this book immediately after I read its predecessor (Katharina: Deliverance), and while I enjoyed the continuity, I believe that either book could easily stand on its own. Not having read the first one (though I also recommend that book) would not make this one hard to follow.

Skea is that rare author who can be eloquent with what is not said. She can lead us quietly into a room, let us see and hear all that goes on, and make our own observations and draw our own conc
Elizabeth Gates
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The responsibilities of creating fictional versions of real-life characters are well-documented but they are nevertheless a challenge and one which Margaret Skea seems to relish. On first acquaintance, two things strike me about the eponymous wife of Martin Luther in 'Katharina Fortitude'. One is her courage. It must have been courageous to set oneself against the forces of Christendom at the time when she did so, even to the extent of being haunted through pregnancy with the menace of her unbor ...more
Kate Blackadder
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying sequel to Katharina: Deliverance (runner-up for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018). That book ended with the marriage of Martin Luther (former monk) and Katharina (former nun; he helped her (and other nuns) escape from a convent). I knew a little bit about Martin Luther before but otherwise this is not a period of history I was familiar with (early 16th century Germany) – and Margaret Skea certainly puts flesh on the bones and makes the characters and the times come ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fictionalized account of Katharina Luther’s married years with and after Martin, Katharina Fortitude reveals the many areas in which the deck of life was stacked against her—religious, political, personal, illness, and the forces of nature. The title is apt—Katharina Luther certainly needed fortitude to survive and flourish as Martin Luther’s wife!
Skea portrays Katharina’s life story vividly. Katharina, as well as the famous and obscure characters who surrounded her, come to life in the backd
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to the book Katharina Deliverance, this book Katharina Fortitude picks up the history of Martin Luther and more importantly his wife Katharina. Fortitude continues to tell Katharina's story in a way that gives me an insight into her life and the life she had with Martin Luther. She is definitely a very strong woman, in a time when that wasn't really the role of women, though she had to persevere to become her own person. She could definitely be a role model to everyone now.
Margaret Sk
W. Nicol
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A worthy follow-up to Katharina Deliverance. Life in the states and towns of Germany in the late 15th and early 16th century was circumscribed by convention, so the marriage of an ex-nun and an ex-monk was bound to arouse the interest, if not the outright hostility, of neighbours from near and far. All the more so when the ex-monk in question was Martin Luther.
Margaret Skea adroitly combines Katharina's experiences with her perspective from a later time when her memories are confused, if one mig
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read this conclusion to Margaret Skea’s First book, Katharina Deliverance, about Katharina von Bora, and was not disappointed. This book, Fortitude, continues Katharina’s story, from 1525, in Wittenberg when she unexpectedly marries Martin Luther. However their life together was full of, poverty, war, plague and family tragedy, as well as the couple facing persecution. As the blurb says, “Katharina’s resilience and strength of character shines through”.
This is a well written an
Elizabeth Ducie
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katharina: Fortitude is an historical novel about real people, a love story, and a spiritual treatise all rolled into one. It begins with the wedding of Katharina von Bora to Martin Luther and chronicles their life together. It is beautifully written and told me a lot about a period in history I was unaware of, without being in the least bit boring. I was only sorry I hadn't read the first part of the series beforehand, but will now go back and read about their early lives. A wonderful read, tho ...more
Michael Ross
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Skea does a fantastic job of humanizing both Luther and his wife Katerina. The history is spot on, and I suspect the characterization of Katerina is close to real life. Luther cannot have been an easy husband to manage. Skea shows him human, with clay feet, without diminishing the man that he was. Her depiction of the struggles, trials, and griefs of that time ring true - when it was so common to lose children, friends, husbands. For a "you are there" experience at Table Talk and Luther ...more
Terry Palardy
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Skea never disappoints. Her stories are always based on historical fact, weaving her own skillful interpretive writing into realistic settings and profound dialogue. Katharina's story, begun in the first book, Katharina: Deliverance, evolves into one of the challenges of her time, and her resilience and courage has found recognition and publication in Margaret Skea's sequel,. Katharina: Fortitude. I continue to enjoy her writings and look forward to more ahead. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A substantive read

There are many reasons for recommending this book. First, it is a compelling work of fiction. Secondly, it is well researched. Lastly, it brings a historical figure into a relatable light.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I,loved this book. Margaret has bought the past to life and made Martin Luther a fully rouded person.,through Katherina. I think she has done a lot of research for this book and it shows. A truly wonderful read
Jan  Chiles
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read for the second book in the series

It was wonderful to read the sequel to this short series. I was afraid it would not be as good as the first one. I learned still more about the Reformation and of the kind of life that was lived in the 16th Century.
Helen Hollick
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa's Reading
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Although I grew up a Protestant, I didn’t learn anything about Martin Luther until I went to college. Even then, I only learned of his theological writings and never heard much about his wife. This book has certainly changed that.

Katharina Fortitude is an amazing historical fiction book. I read it over a few days time, as I found time to get to it. Every time I saw my kindle waiting for me, I couldn’t wait to get back to the book. I really wanted to find out what was going to happen next.

The aut
Donna Maguire

I love this period of history and I was really excited when I read the blurb for this book especially seeing how much I enjoyed the first book – that one gave me genuinely high expectations for this one as a sequel and I was delighted that this book met them all!

This was a superb sequel and as I said on my review for the previous book Katharina is a simply wonderful character, well developed, showing strength and determination – this book again showcases h
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Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Tracy Wheeler
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
This is the second and final book in the series and we follow Katharina from her marriage to Martin Luther through to her death. After a marriage of convenience you see their love and respect for each other grow and follow the ups and downs of what could have been considered, at the time, a celebrity marriage, where everything they did was constantly under scrutiny and judged by others. We see them live through good and bad times including friendships, births, deaths, plagues and war. I enjoyed ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I had not read the first Margaret Skea wrote about Katharina von Bora’s early life before starting this book, and although I had to concentrate at the beginning to absorb the atmosphere of the characters, the time and place, this certainly did not interfere with my enjoyment of the story.

The author’s beautiful writing style captured me from the start as Katharina describes her life with the formidable and controversial Martin Luther in Wittenberg during the sixteenth century reformation; a chal
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