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Wilhelm Tell Denkmal Altdorf um 1900
A monument to William Tell in the town of Altdorf, Switzerland.

William Tell (German: Wilhelm Tell; French: Guillaume Tell; Italian: Guglielmo Tell) is a folk hero from Switzerland. In the story William Tell is a man who refused to bow down to pole set up by an army who had taken over the place he lived. He was arrested and forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow, if he did not both he and his son would be killed. Tell shot the apple off the son's head and did not harm his son. He is considered a legend and his actions helped form Switzerland as a nation.


  • Wilhelm Tell (William Tell), a play by Friedrich Schiller
  • Guillaume Tell (William Tell), an opera by Gioacchino Rossini, based on Schiller's play

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