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Did William Tell kill Gessler?

According to the legend, Tell was an expert marksman with the crossbow who assassinated Albrecht Gessler, a tyrannical reeve of the Austrian dukes of the House of Habsburg positioned in Altdorf, in the canton of Uri.

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Just so, why did William Tell shoot the apple off his son's head?

Tell is arrested for failing to bow in respect to the hat that the newly appointed Austrian Vogt, Albrecht Gessler, has placed on a pole, and Gessler commands him to shoot an apple off his son's head with a single bolt from his crossbow.

Similarly, who was Count Gessler? Albrecht Gessler, also known as Hermann, was a legendary 14th-century Habsburg bailiff (German: Landvogt) at Altdorf, whose brutal rule led to the William Tell rebellion and the eventual independence of the Old Swiss Confederacy.

Beside this, who shot an arrow through an apple?

William Tell

Did William Tell exist?

However, there is no concrete historical evidence that William Tell actually lived. Some believe that this evidence was burned in fires in Altdorf, but it is most likely that William Tell is an amalgam of legends. The story of a marksman shooting an apple off a loved one's head is nothing new.

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