Katharina, Katharina, by Christine Farenhorst. Reviewed by Helen Tangelder, Strathroy, Ontario
The Christian church has celebrated its 500th year of the Protestant Reformation. Katharina, Katharina is very timely written as the story of Katharina Schutz which took place in the 1490’s in Strasbourg, Germany. The family coped with the challenges of the strong power and the hold the papacy and the local priests had on family life, including the dominating forces of the buying indulgences. Christine Farenhorst makes church history come alive and credible in her descriptive details of family and church life. She also includes the rampant diseases of that time – syphilis, St Vitus Dance and how home remedies were used. Katharina was the first woman to marry a priest, Matthius Zell. The printing press was started, the local people began to see the Light. Zell broke away from the long church traditions and preached the gospel. The poor and the ill were cared for in their own needs. Katharina kept her faith focussed on God and carried it through into her marriage to Zell. This couple was a strong influence in the part and parcel of the beginning of the Reformation and active ministry.
Christine Farenhorst researched extensively into the heart and life of family and church at the time of the Reformation. Recommended reading.