William Tell

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Wil′liam Tell′


n.
a legendary Swiss patriot of c1300 forced by the Austrian governor to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow.
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Noun1.William Tell - a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archerWilliam Tell - a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)
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The towns and areas leading up the mountain, closer to sea level, such as the Rigi and Lucerne, are witnesses to the legend of Wilhelm Tell.
That leads us, of course, to what has happened just now in the land of Wilhelm Tell.
His first production for the Berlin State Theatre in December 1919 drastically rethought Schiller's classic Wilhelm Tell. In the early twentieth century Wilhelm Tell was one of the most frequently performed of Schiller's plays, and was especially popular with middle-class and monarchist audiences, who viewed it as a patriotic drama of nationhood.