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The world-shattering tumult of the Protestant Reformation enters the Schneebeli household when Rudolf Schneebeli is born two months early and dies a few minutes later without being baptized. Named for the well trodden track linking the Schneebeli farmhouse to the old Lunkhofen castle, The Brothers Path is set in a Swiss village near Zürich, between 1524 and 1531. It chroni ...more
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Published July 4th 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Teddy
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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In 1524 to 1531 times were tough in a small village near Zürich, in Switzerland. It was the time of the Protestant Reformation. Much like the bloody Spanish inquisition and the Christian crusades, it was a struggle for religious freedom.

‘The Brothers Path’ tells the struggles of the Schneebeli family. The book begins with the birth and death of Rudolf and his mother. The six brothers are left to navigate the tumultuous times. We witness each brother’s journey to work and raise their families or
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Pat Gerber-Relf
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it because it was about a Swiss family at the time of the reformation in and around Zürich I have lived in Switzerland for 50 years and all my information about Zwingli and his religion and why it happened was pieced together, a bit of this and a bit of that. I lived opposite the Zwingli church in Zürich for two years, but had no idea who this guy was. My husband is Swiss reform church, his family were Swiss reform church, but what is it all about. Why did Zwingli take ov ...more
Marilyn
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love history, yet somehow in my reading, I missed this critical period in European history.

Of course I knew about the Reformation, but I never imagined it as a particularly bloody period. I knew there had considerable strife and struggles between the Roman Catholic church which had ruled the Christian world since the end of the Roman Empire, and the nascent protestant faiths. Yet I had never given much thought to the impact these world-altering events had on the lives of people living through
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Louisa Bauman
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite kind of book

In The Brothers Path, the author does an excellent job of bringing alive the history of lives changed by the Reformation through the eyes of the Schneebeli family. Ms. Kennedy gives us so much information without it feeling like an info dump.
Lisl
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In The Brothers Path, set in 1520s Reformation Switzerland, author Martha Kennedy brings us to an era that often seems to get the short end of the stick in history classes. These are the days of Zwingli and Manz, when infant baptism was rejected, then, by Zwingli, supported. Barely concealing the selling out of his beliefs in exchange for the influential support of the Zürich council, Zwingli rose in prominence and power. Using corruption of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy as an overture, his te ...more
Tracy
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Brothers Path is set in the 16th century during the tumultuous and bloody Swiss Reformation. Ms Kennedy brings to life the events of the Swiss Reformation through the everyday experiences of the six Schneebeli brothers – Heinrich, Hannes, Peter, Conrad, Thomann and Andreas.

It is claimed by historians that the Protestant Reformation shaped modern day Europe, helping to draw the boundaries of each nation state, as powerful forces coalesced around their preferred new religious leader, and thus
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Karen Howard
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Brothers Path is the second book I have read by Martha Kennedy. What makes her books interesting is the amount of research put into each book and her writing style.
The six Schneebeli brothers live in the 16th century, a difficult time in history. Life is hard and families stay together. This is a book about family, faith and change. Each brother has different ideas and thoughts about the church and the change brought about by the Protestant Reformation.
If you like history and want to dig d
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that THE BROTHERS PATH by Martha Kennedy is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Carole Rae
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This story follows the tale of six brothers during a turbulent time in Switzerland during the Protestant Reformation. The brothers are all very different, but they do share love for each other and the land. They all have different paths that they need follow.

I'm really glad there were clear indications of when the POV would change. It would've been rough if there hadn't been, because there are a lot of characters running around. The brothers, their wives, and etc. So thank you, author for makin
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Patty
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a look at another aspect of the religious reformation. One I really had very little knowledge of as most of us, when considering the Reformation tend to think of Luther. I had honestly never considered nor, truth be told knew about the goings on in Zurich. The changes there led ultimately to what became the Amish and Mennonites here.

The Brother’s Path tells the story of the Schneebeli brothers who live near Zurich and are caught up in the changing religious movements. One son had been s
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Jackie
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. The depiction of the reformation through the eyes of the poor was interesting. As is happening today, political changes can hurt the poor and help the rich and powerful. But the long descriptions of religious beliefs, different sects, etc. did not hold my interest.
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Martha Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in American Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder and her graduate degree in American Literature from the University of Denver. She has taught college and university writing at all levels, business communication, literature and English as a Second Language.

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