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William Tell Day

Sunday, November 18, 2012

William Tell Day

When: Always November 18th

When I was younger, I remember hearing about William Tell. He shot an apple off his son's head with an arrow. I thought he was just demonstrating his excellent marksman ship. I didn't realize he was trying to save his son's life!

The legend as told by Aegidius Tschudi (ca. 1570) goes as follows: William Tell, who originally came from Bürglen, was known as a strong man and an expert shot with the crossbow. In his time, the Habsburg emperors of Austria were seeking to dominate Uri. Albrecht (or Hermann) Gessler, the newly appointed Austrian Vogt of Altdorf, raised a pole in the village's central square, hung his hat on top of it, and demanded that all the townsfolk bow before the hat.
On 18 November 1307, Tell visited Altdorf with his young son and passed by the hat, publicly refusing to bow to it, and so was arrested. Gessler — intrigued by Tell's famed marksmanship, yet resentful of his defiance — devised a cruel punishment: Tell and his son would be executed, but he could redeem his life by shooting an apple off the head of his son, Walter, in a single attempt. Tell split the apple with a bolt from his crossbow.

We don't recommend that you celebrate this day by shooting an apple off of someone's head, but have a slice of apple pie, or a glass of apple juice.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DOUGLYE 11/18/2012 8:07PM

  Apple Pie ! mmmmmmmmmm

well . . . I guess a SMALL slice would be OK

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PMAY0313 11/18/2012 1:25PM


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LITTLEWIND53 11/18/2012 1:20PM

    I had never heard this story before. Interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

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HANSBRINK 11/18/2012 12:17PM

  When I hear of William Tell, I think of the William Tell Overture by Rossini . Which then brings up memories of the Lone Ranger.

Thanks for the info about William Tell, himself.

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SONYALATRECE 11/18/2012 11:58AM

    Good, educational information!

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THINAGIN2 11/18/2012 10:48AM

    It's been quite a long time since I had heard that story. Thanks for the reminder!

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PICKIE98 11/18/2012 7:22AM

    I never knew that. emoticon emoticon
I remember my kindergarten teacher giving us a riddle on the first day of school.
"What is red on the outside, white on the inside, and has a star in the middle?"
She placed a shiny red apple on a board on her desk, cut it horizontally, and there in teh middle of that red apple, was a star: all of the seeds!!!
When reading about Tell, I thought of this immediately.

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RUN4FOOD 11/18/2012 7:14AM

    Thanks for sharing. I knew part of the story. It's good to learn the rest.

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PATRICIAAK 11/18/2012 7:10AM

    Agrees with what I was taught.

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GRAMMYEAC 11/18/2012 7:08AM

    Thanks for the bit of history. I, too, have heard the story of William Tell many times. I knew it was to save a life, but didn't know the circumstances leading up to it.

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