From a great Dane to Adolf Hitler
This content was published on July 14, 2004 minutes
William Tell was not the only medieval archer to have shot an apple off a boy’s head, or to have got his revenge on an evil ruler.
Yet, thanks largely to Friedrich Schiller, Tell looms larger than much older Nordic or other European legendary figures.
Over the centuries, Tell has been employed as an ambassador for his homeland, and been venerated by revolutionaries and even the Nazis.
Not bad for someone who probably never existed.
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