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- William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland, supposedly active in the early 14th century. He supposedly encouraged the population of the Old Swiss Confederacy to revolt against the regime of Albert I of Germany (reigned 1298–1308). Tell's legend is recorded in the White Book of Sarnen (1474).
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It is Tschudi's version that became influential in early modern Switzerland and entered public consciousness as the "William Tell" legend. According to Tschudi's account, William Tell was known as a strong man, a mountain climber, and an expert shot with the crossbow.
Dec 21, 2017 · Ask any Swiss who William Tell is and they are likely to inform you that he’s the hero of Swiss independence. He’s kind of a big deal. According to the legend, Tell, a bit of a hot-headed fellow it seems, gave the tyrannical Austrian leader Gessler (or his hat to be precise) the proverbial finger before killing him for good measure.
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The Monument for William Tell in Altdorf
built by Richard Kissling (1895)
Local tradition says that a first chapel had been constructed in 1388at the place where William Tell is said to have escaped fromboat of the bailiff Gessler. The oldest documents mentioninga chapel there date back to 1516/1530, however. Tell's chapel became a place of pilgrimage from the 16thcentury on. The current chapel was constructed in 1879. Four frescosby Ernst Stückelbergerof Basle show the scenes of thelegend: 1. The bailiff Gessler forces William Tell to shoot an apple off his son's head with his crossbow. 2. William Tell escapes from the boat of the bailiff Gessler during a storm on Lake Lucerne. 3. William Tell shooting the tyrant Gessler. 4. The oath of the Swiss confederates on the Rütli. How to find Tell's Chapel: GPS coordinates lat=46.932719 lon=8.611801 Map by search.ch
The tradition dates the heroic action of William Tell and the oath of the Swiss confederates against the counts of Habsburg on the Rütliback to 1307 (see above, date on monument). But one cannot find anydocument concerning a person named Wilhelm Tell nor theassassination of a bailiff in central Switzerland. Only in 1470, morethan a century after the alledged events, a chronicle named the"White Book of Sarnen" reports the legend for the first time.A few years later, William Tell takes a prominent role in a balladsinging the praises of the beginnings of the Swiss Confederation.One generation later, a drama (Urner Tellspiel) is played inCentral Switzerland.Centuries later, William Tell is mentioned in the standard historybook Chronicon Helveticum (1734) by Aegidius Tschudi.In the 19th and 20thcenturies the legend wasseverely questioned by historians.
Jun 21, 1991 · To recap that legend: William Tell was a farmer from Burglen who was visiting the neighboring village of Altdorf one day early in the 14th Century. There, he encountered Gessler, the Austrian...
For the 1934 film, see William Tell (1934 film). The Legend of William Tell is a 16-part television fantasy/drama series produced in 1998 by Cloud 9 Productions in New Zealand.#TitleSummary1Shaytana's EyeWith the help of Kreel's dark magic, Xax ...2The Fifth ColumnXax's Warriors have been pillaging the ...3Escape into FearXax has put a price on William's head and ...4Darkness and LightWilliam's comrade Leon is captured and ...
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William Tell, German Wilhelm Tell, Swiss legendary hero who symbolized the struggle for political and individual freedom. William Tell shooting at the apple, woodcut from Ein Schönes Spiel…von Wilhelm Thellen, by O. Schweitzer, 1698. Courtesy of the trustees of the British Museum; photograph, J.R. Freeman & Co. Ltd.
This series follows the legend of Wilhelm Gorkeit of Tellikon (William Tell), who, as the stories say, shot an apple off of his son's head and lead the rebellion to free Switzerland.
What is the legend of William Tell? It is Tschudi's version that became influential in early modern Switzerland and entered public consciousness as the "William Tell" legend. According to Tschudi's account, William Tell was known as a strong man, a mountain climber, and an expert shot with the crossbow.