Tell me, do you know who William Tell is?

Today, I am typing a post about William Tell, and just how legendary he was/is.

I don’t know the exact date of this story but I am going with 12 to 1400’s or around that time. (I really wish I knew the exact date, but I think this story is more important than the date itself.)  This is one of my favorite stories and so this is it in my own words.

William Tell lived in Austria, a neighboring country next to Sweden, he was a very good hunter and excellent marksman with a bow, he also, I assume, had a family because he had his son with him in the story. The Austrian Hapsburgs,* which was in power at the time, was becoming very powerful (added note: the Hapsburgs were two separate parts and those were the Spanish Hapsburgs and the Austrian Hapsburgs, why they split I don’t know.) One of the Hapsburgs, Albert I made a claim saying the Forest Cantons were his, and to make sure they stayed his and that the people knew it, he sent a squad of soldiers and a governor to enforce it.

The governor’s name was Gessler (strange name…), a tyrant, who took a hat, put it on a pole, and told the people to worship and bow down to the hat. William thought this was absurd! He wasn’t going to bow down to a hat, much less a tyrant governor, so William didn’t and Gessler noticed. So, he tried to make Tell bow to him, but Tell stood firm. So Gessler challenged him to try and shoot an apple. Yeah, no big deal…


Tell began begging Gessler to not let him have to do this shot fearing he may harm his son or worse. Gessler’s mind was made, either Tell would shoot the apple or he would kill his son. That is a really tight spot, but Tell had no other choice, so he carefully took his arrow, set it on the string, carefully pulled back and let go…

The arrow, flew straight and struck the apple deep, barely touching his son. Everyone who had gathered to watch were all very impressed, everyone that is, except Gessler. The only thing Gessler was curious of was why William had another arrow with him, so Gessler asked.  Tell’s reply was not what he expected: “It was for your heart if any harm had come upon my son.” Gessler was very mad about this and without so much as an embrace with his son, Tell was ordered to be taken away by Gessler and to take him to his castle by boat. Unsuspectingly, a storm came up and Tell helped the crew guide the boat to safety, but as soon as he could get on land he grabbed a weapon and took off for his village. When he got back, he got his chance of revenge, and he killed Gessler with his second arrow.

Then, later through out the rest of the Swiss trying to win their independence, William Tell was a helping character in the Swiss Confederation.

Thank you for looking at this post and I hope you liked it!


Did you hear the joke about the skunk?

It really stank.


Quinn Palmer

RPC Student










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