Guillaume Tell 1900 (French Edition)


Tell and his son were to be executed. However, he could redeem his life by shooting an apple off of his son, Robert's head in a single attempt. Tell split the apple with a bolt from his crossbow. Gessler then noticed that Tell had removed two crossbow bolts from his quiver. Before releasing him, he asked why. Tell was reluctant to answer, but after Gessler promised he would not kill him, he replied that if he had killed his son, he would have killed Gessler with the second bolt.

Gessler was furious and ordered Tell to be bound, saying that he had promised to spare his life, but instead would imprison him for the remainder of his life. A storm broke on Lake Lucerne , and the guards were afraid that their boat would sink. They begged Gessler to remove Tell's shackles so he could take the helm and save them. Gessler gave in and Tell leapt from the boat at the rocky site, already known in the "White Book" as the "Tellsplatte" "Tell's slab". Since the 16th century the site has been marked by a memorial chapel.

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An equally early account of Tell is found in the Tellenlied , a song composed in the s, with its oldest extant manuscript copy dating to The song begins with the Tell legend, which it presents as the origin of the Confederacy, calling Tell the "first confederate ". The narrative includes Tell's apple-shot, his preparation of a second arrow to shoot Gessler, and his escape, but it does not mention any assassination of Gessler. The text then enumerates the cantons of the Confederacy, and says was expanded with "current events" during the course of the Burgundy Wars , ending with the death of Charles the Bold in Kronika von der loblichen Eydtgenossenschaft.

Etterlin's chronicle is the earliest printed version of the Tell story. This book, which its author dates to , is an incoherent compilation of older writings, including the Song of the Founding of the Confederation , Conrad Justinger 's Bernese Chronicle , and the Chronicle of the State of Bern in German, Chronik der Stadt Bern. The version of the legend compiled by Aegidius Tschudi from Glarus in his monumental Chronicon Helveticum ca. Geschichte Schweizerischer Eidgenossenschaft , , it also served as a model for Friedrich Schiller 's play William Tell A widespread veneration of Tell, including sight-seeing excursions to the scenes of his deeds, can be ascertained for the early 16th century.

Heinrich Brennwald in the early 16th century mentions the chapel Tellskapelle on the site of Tell's leap from his captors' boat. Peter Hagendorf , a soldier in the Thirty Years' War , mentions a visit to 'the chapel where William Tell escaped' in his diary. The first recorded Tell play Tellspiel , known as the Urner Tellspiel "Tell Play of Uri" , [10] was probably performed in the winter of either or in Altdorf. They expressed the hope of the subject population to repeat the success story of the rebellion against Habsburg in the early 14th century.

By the 18th century, the Drei Tellen had become associated with a sleeping hero legend.

They were said to be asleep in a cave at the Rigi. The return of Tell in times of need was already foretold in the Tellenlied of and symbolically fulfilled in the impersonation of the Three Tells by costumed individuals, in one instance culminating in an actual assassination executed by these impersonators in historical costume. They appeared at a number of important peasant conferences during the war, symbolizing the continuity of the present rebellion with the resistance movement against the Habsburg overlords at the origin of the Swiss Confederacy.

After the suppression of the rebellion, the peasants voted for a tyrannicide , directly inspired by the Tell legend, attempting to kill the Lucerne Schultheiss Ulrich Dulliker. In an ambush, they managed to injure Dulliker and killed a member of the Lucerne parliament, Caspar Studer. The assassination attempt—an exceptional act in the culture of the Old Swiss Confederacy—was widely recognized and welcomed among the peasant population, but its impact was not sufficient to rekindle the rebellion. Even though it did not have any direct political effect, its symbolic value was considerable, placing the Lucerne authorities in the role of the tyrant Habsburg and Gessler and the peasant population in that of the freedom fighters Tell.

The Three Tells after the deed went to mass, still wearing their costumes, without being molested. In July , Zemp betrayed his successor Stadelmann in exchange for pardon and Stadelmann was executed on 15 July The "sleeping hero" version of the Three Tells legend was published in Deutsche Sagen by the Brothers Grimm in no. Throughout the long nineteenth century , and into the World War II period, Tell was perceived as a symbol of rebellion against tyranny both in Switzerland and in Europe.

Antoine-Marin Lemierre wrote a play inspired by Tell in and revived it in The success of this work established the association of Tell as a fighter against tyranny with the history of the French Revolution. The French revolutionary fascination with Tell was reflected in Switzerland with the establishment of the Helvetic Republic. Tell became, as it were, the mascot of the short-lived republic, his figure being featured on its official seal.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe learned of the Tell saga during his travels through Switzerland between and He obtained a copy of Tschudi's chronicles and considered writing a play about Tell, but ultimately gave the idea to his friend Friedrich von Schiller , who in —04 wrote the play Wilhelm Tell , first performed on March 17, , in Weimar. Schiller's Tell is heavily inspired by the political events of the late 18th century, the French and American revolutions , in particular. Schiller's play was performed at Interlaken the Tellspiele in the summers of to , to and every year since In it was first performed in Altdorf itself.

Gioachino Rossini used Schiller's play as the basis for his opera William Tell. The William Tell Overture is one of his best-known and most frequently imitated pieces of music; in the 20th Century, the "coda" of the Overture became the theme for the radio, television, and motion picture incarnations of The Lone Ranger , a fictional American Frontier hero.

In the first William Tell patterned playing cards were produced in Pest, Hungary. They were inspired by Schiller's play and made during tense relations with the ruling Habsburgs. The cards became popular throughout the Austrian Empire during the Revolution of The town was originally dubbed Helvetia, but was quickly changed to Tell City to honor the legendary Swiss hero.

The city became known for its manufacturing, especially of fine wood furniture. William Tell and symbols of an apple with an arrow through it are prominent in the town which includes a bronze statue of Tell and his son, based on the one in Altdorf, Switzerland. The statue was erected on a fountain in front of city hall in Tell City High School uses these symbols in its crest or logo, and the sports teams are called "The Marksmen. Each August since , Tell City's centennial year, the town has held "Schweizer Fest," a community festival of entertainment, stage productions, historical presentations, carnival rides, beer garden, sporting events and class reunions, to honor its Swiss-German heritage.

Many of the activities occur on the grounds of City Hall and Main Street, at the feet of the Tell statue. Lamenting the negative reaction to his action, Booth wrote in his journal on April 21, "with every man's hand against me, I am here in despair. And why; For doing what Brutus was honored for and what made Tell a Hero. And yet I for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew am looked upon as a common cutthroat. Following a national competition, won by Richard Kissling , Altdorf in erected a monument to its hero. Kissling casts Tell as a peasant and man of the mountains, with strong features and muscular limbs.

His powerful hand rests lovingly on the shoulder of little Walter, but the apple is not shown. The depiction is in marked contrast with that used by the Helvetic Republic, where Tell is shown as a landsknecht rather than a peasant, with a sword at his belt and a feathered hat, bending down to pick up his son who is still holding the apple. Therefore there is no clear "date of publication" of the chronicle, and its date of composition can only be given approximately, as "ca. It is Tschudi's account of the legend, however, which became the major model for later writers, even prior to its edition in print in the s, [8].

A widespread veneration of Tell, including sight-seeing excursions to the scenes of his deeds, can be ascertained for the early 16th century. Heinrich Brennwald in the early 16th century mentions the chapel Tellskapelle on the site of Tell's leap from his captors' boat. Peter Hagendorf , a soldier in the Thirty Years' War , mentions a visit to 'the chapel where William Tell escaped' in his diary. The first recorded Tell play Tellspiel , known as the Urner Tellspiel "Tell Play of Uri" , [10] was probably performed in the winter of either or in Altdorf.

They expressed the hope of the subject population to repeat the success story of the rebellion against Habsburg in the early 14th century.

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By the 18th century, the Drei Tellen had become associated with a sleeping hero legend. They were said to be asleep in a cave at the Rigi. The return of Tell in times of need was already foretold in the Tellenlied of and symbolically fulfilled in the impersonation of the Three Tells by costumed individuals, in one instance culminating in an actual assassination executed by these impersonators in historical costume. They appeared at a number of important peasant conferences during the war, symbolizing the continuity of the present rebellion with the resistance movement against the Habsburg overlords at the origin of the Swiss Confederacy.

After the suppression of the rebellion, the peasants voted for a tyrannicide , directly inspired by the Tell legend, attempting to kill the Lucerne Schultheiss Ulrich Dulliker. In an ambush, they managed to injure Dulliker and killed a member of the Lucerne parliament, Caspar Studer. The assassination attempt — an exceptional act in the culture of the Old Swiss Confederacy — was widely recognized and welcomed among the peasant population, but its impact was not sufficient to rekindle the rebellion.

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Even though it did not have any direct political effect, its symbolic value was considerable, placing the Lucerne authorities in the role of the tyrant Habsburg and Gessler and the peasant population in that of the freedom fighters Tell. The Three Tells after the deed went to mass, still wearing their costumes, without being molested.

In July , Zemp betrayed his successor Stadelmann in exchange for pardon and Stadelmann was executed on 15 July The "sleeping hero" version of the Three Tells legend was published in Deutsche Sagen by the Brothers Grimm in no.

Throughout the long nineteenth century , and into the World War II period, Tell was perceived as a symbol of rebellion against tyranny both in Switzerland and in Europe. Antoine-Marin Lemierre wrote a play inspired by Tell in and revived it in The success of this work established the association of Tell as a fighter against tyranny with the history of the French Revolution.

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The French revolutionary fascination with Tell was reflected in Switzerland with the establishment of the Helvetic Republic. Tell became, as it were, the mascot of the short-lived republic, his figure being featured on its official seal. Geschichte Schweizerischer Eidgenossenschaft , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe learned of the Tell saga during his travels through Switzerland between and He obtained a copy of Tschudi's chronicles and considered writing a play about Tell, but ultimately gave the idea to his friend Friedrich von Schiller , who in —04 wrote the play Wilhelm Tell , first performed on 17 March , in Weimar.

Schiller's Tell is heavily inspired by the political events of the late 18th century, the French and American revolutions , in particular. Schiller's play was performed at Interlaken the Tellspiele in the summers of to , to and every year since In it was first performed in Altdorf itself. Gioachino Rossini used Schiller's play as the basis for his opera William Tell. In the first William Tell patterned playing cards were produced in Pest, Hungary. They were inspired by Schiller's play and made during tense relations with the ruling Habsburgs.

The cards became popular throughout the Austrian Empire during the Revolution of The town was originally dubbed Helvetia, but was quickly changed to Tell City to honor the legendary Swiss hero. The city became known for its manufacturing, especially of fine wood furniture. William Tell and symbols of an apple with an arrow through it are prominent in the town, which includes a bronze statue of Tell and his son, based on the one in Altdorf, Switzerland.

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The statue was erected on a fountain in front of city hall in Tell City High School uses these symbols in its crest or logo, and the sports teams are called "The Marksmen. Each August since , Tell City's centennial year, the town has held "Schweizer Fest," a community festival of entertainment, stage productions, historical presentations, carnival rides, beer garden, sporting events and class reunions, to honor its Swiss-German heritage.

Many of the activities occur on the grounds of City Hall and Main Street, at the feet of the Tell statue. Lamenting the negative reaction to his action, Booth wrote in his journal on 21 April "with every man's hand against me, I am here in despair. And why; For doing what Brutus was honored for and what made Tell a Hero. And yet I for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew am looked upon as a common cutthroat.

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Following a national competition, won by Richard Kissling , Altdorf in erected a monument to its hero. Kissling casts Tell as a peasant and man of the mountains, with strong features and muscular limbs. His powerful hand rests lovingly on the shoulder of little Walter, but the apple is not shown.

The depiction is in marked contrast with that used by the Helvetic Republic, where Tell is shown as a landsknecht rather than a peasant, with a sword at his belt and a feathered hat, bending down to pick up his son who is still holding the apple. Wodehouse 's William Tell Told Again , written in prose and verse with characteristic Wodehousian flair. The design of the Federal 5 francs coin issued from features the bust of a generic "mountain shepherd" designed by Paul Burkard , but due to a similarity of the bust with Kissling's statue, in spite of the missing beard, it was immediately widely identified as Tell.

However, on 3 June , Hitler had the play banned. The reason for the ban is not known, but may have been related to the failed assassination attempt on Hitler in by young Swiss Maurice Bavaud [16] executed on 14 May , and later dubbed "a new William Tell" by Rolf Hochhuth , or the subversive nature of the play. Spanish playwright Alfonso Sastre re-worked the legend in in his "Guillermo Tell tiene los ojos tristes" William Tell has sad eyes ; it was not performed until the Franco regime in Spain ended. In Switzerland, the importance of Tell had declined somewhat by the end of the 19th century, outside of Altdorf and Interlaken which established their tradition of performing Schiller's play in regular intervals in and , respectively.

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During the World Wars , Tell was again revived, somewhat artificially, as a national symbol. For example, in the Swiss Post introduced horns for their coach service based on the overture of Rossini's Tell opera, and in , the image of a crossbow was introduced as a logo indicating Swiss products. After , with ideological shift of academic mainstream from a liberal - radical to a deconstructivist leftist outlook, Swiss historians were looking to dismantle the foundational legends of Swiss statehood as unhistorical national myth.

Max Frisch 's "William Tell for Schools" deconstructs the legend by reversing the characters of the protagonists: Gessler is a well-meaning and patient administrator who is faced with the barbarism of a back-corner of the empire, while Tell is an irascible simpleton. According to a survey, a majority of Swiss believed that he actually existed.

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Schweizer Helden "Swiss Heroes", English title Unlikely Heroes is a film about the performance of a simplified version of Schiller's play by asylum seekers in Switzerland. The historicity of William Tell has been subject to debate. In , Simeon Uriel Freudenberger from Luzern anonymously published a tract arguing that the legend of Tell in all likelihood was based on the Danish saga of Palnatoki. The skeptical view of Tell's existence remained very unpopular. Friedrich von Schiller used Tschudi's version as the basis for his play Wilhelm Tell in , interpreting Tell as a glorified patriot assassin.

This interpretation became very popular, especially in Switzerland, where the Tell figure was used in the early 19th century as a "national hero" and identification figure in the Helvetic Republic , and later in the beginnings of the Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft , the modern democratic federal state that developed. It has been mostly undisputed among historians since the second half of the 19th century that there is no evidence for Tell as a historical individual, let alone for the apple-shot story. The desire to defend the historicity of the Befreiungstradition "liberation tradition" of Swiss history had a political component, as since the 17th century its celebration had become mostly confined to the Catholic cantons, so that the declaration of parts of the tradition as ahistorical was seen as an attack by the urban Protestant cantons on the rural Catholic cantons.

The decision, taken in , to make 1 August the Swiss National Day is to be seen in this context, an ostentative move away from the traditional Befreiungstradition and the celebration of the deed of Tell to the purely documentary evidence of the Federal Charter of The Tell legend has been compared to a number of other myths or legends, specifically in Norse mythology , involving a magical marksman coming to the aid of a suppressed people under the sway of a tyrant.

The story of a great outlaw successfully shooting an apple from his child's head is an archetype present in the story of Egil in the Thidreks saga associated with the god Ullr in Eddaic tradition as well as in the stories of Adam Bell from England , Palnatoki from Denmark and a story from Holstein. Von Haller underwent a trial, but the authorities spared his life, as he made abject apologies. Rochholz connects the similarity of the Tell legend to the stories of Egil and Palnatoki with the legends of a migration from Sweden to Switzerland during the Middle Ages.

He also adduces parallels in folktales among the Finns and the Lapps Sami.