Wilhelm Tell from Switzerland

The most famous national hero of Switzerland is William Tell. He is known as a freedom fighter and bully murderer. According to the legend, William Tell was from central Switzerland and lived during the 1400s. A story from that time tells about an administrator from Habsburg who forced the Swiss subjects to greet a hat that was hung up on a pole every time they walked past. Wilhelm Tell opposed the greeting and was subsequently forced to use his crossbow to shoot an apple off the head of his son. Wilhelm Tell hit the apple and was after this named a hero. Shortly after he was transferred to a prison, which was situated in a castle, in Küsnacht. Wilhelm Tell later on fled the castle and killed the administrator from Habsburg as a revenge for his sufferings.

Wilhelm Tell: fiction?
Whether Wilhelm Tell is reality or fiction is not certain. There are many different artists who have depicted the drama through paintings, opera or theatre.