Navigation

Skiplink Navigation

Main Features

A scholarly history

Aegidius Tschudi (1502-1572) was the most important historian of late-Renaissance Switzerland. His “Chronicon Helveticum” is a monumental history of the territory that would become modern-day Switzerland. He drew on no less than a thousand documents, including the “Ballad of Tell”.

The work was printed between 1734 and 1736 enabling the legend to find its way into every self-respecting drawing room in the Confederation. Thanks to Tschudi, William Tell was no longer simply a figure portrayed by travelling actors at country fairs in central Switzerland, but the protagonist of a great episode in the country's history.

The story was told with all the skills and knowledge at the historian’s disposal, mixing humanist precision with the epic spirit of the Baroque.

subscription form

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Sign up for our free newsletter and get the top stories delivered to your inbox.

×