Day 982: Wittenberg (Katharina)

Laetitia led a tour in Wittenberg, Upper Saxony, Germany.  The city is famous as the birthplace of the Reformation, 500 years ago.  They toured the Castle Church where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses and the homes of other Reformation leaders such as Philipp Melanchthon and Lucas Cranach, the Elder.  They also visited the Stadkirche (city church) where Martin and Katharina were married and the former monastery where the Luthers then resided.  By all accounts, Katharina was a very capable wife, who raised ten children (six of her own and four adopted) and, in addition to running the household, managed a farm and a brewery.

Katharina, whom Luther held dear,
Played a role in the Reformation’s sphere
That was worthy and eminent
And this lady preeminent
Also brewed immense volumes of beer.

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