“It hissed as it cut the air. Thell could not see it well. But he felt it. A wicked point flying at speed toward his son’s head. The bolt flew in a flat arc, higher first, then descending. It hit the apple and split it in two. The bolt flew on and dug itself into the earth about the same time the halves of the apple touched the ground.”
Altdorf, November 1307 and Gessler would have obedience. He hung his hat on the pole at the centre of the square, the newly constructed fortifications looming over the populace. Every citizen was ordered to pass the pole and bow as they did so, proving their allegiance, their serfdom. But one man would not bow, would not scrape, would not bend – William Thell. In that moment a legend was born, and a nation found its courage and its honour.
Albrecht Behmel’s authoritative reinvention of the William Tell legend is a masterful historical novel, blending myth and fact to craft a compelling page turner of love, honour, adventure and revenge.
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‘Engaging, witty, and fierce, this story is beautifully told, a smart, fast and spellbinding thriller set in medieval Switzerland when peasants rose to defend their ancient rights against a greedy empire – and won! A book like tapestry. Albrecht Behmel is a genius.’
‘Absolutely amazing! The characters, setting and backstory are compelling. This read is not for the faint of heart.
This epic tale once made famous by the German poet Friedrich Schiller is now an action-packed page turner. Well done!‘
‘I really had fun. This book is about a national hero, husband, father and huntsman and how he was forced to protect his family against a corrupt duke. Everybody knows the famous scene with the apple, but there is so much more to the old myth.’
‘Very impressive. Exceptionally entertaining and astute. Hardly a word wasted!’
‘Brings me back to adventure books I loved when I was young. Highly recommended, engaging, and kept a smile on my face. Wish more books were this fun.’
Albrecht is an award winning-playwright and novelist. He studied history, arts and philosophy at Heidelberg University and at Humboldt-University, Berlin before his career as a writer for German tv, radio and film in Berlin. He has written over 20 novels and non fiction books, games and plays. Almost a renaissance man, Albrecht is also a painter and designer He enjoys the nature of the German Black Forest where he lives with his family.