A small force of peasants from the forest regions surrounding Lake Lucerne, rise up against their Austrian overlords in the 14th century. Outnumbered seven-to-one by the battle-hardened Habsburg army, they have little hope.
Young Noll Melchthal has managed to take the Altdorf fortress away from Leopold of Habsburg with a daring moonlight raid. But his army consists of boys and old men, with only enough swords to arm half of them. How long can he hope to hold off the combined might of the Habsburgs and the elite troops of the Holy Roman Empire? He needs help, and the only people he can turn to are an ex-Hospitaller captain and a Priestess of the Weave.
The Forest Knights Series
One of the greatest underdog stories of the medieval age.
This is the era that gave birth to the legend of William Tell.
Historians agree that Tell never existed, yet something remarkable happened in the years leading up to the Battle of Morgarten in 1315. Something that would unite common men and women against the monarchy and give them the courage to form a true democracy that would last more than 700 years.
They would accept no king, but in the end they would have a country. And they would call it Schwyzer Land.
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