The Forest Knights

One of the greatest underdog stories of the medieval age.

A small force of peasants from Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden, the forest regions surrounding Lake Lucerne, rise up against their Austrian overlords in the 14th century. Outnumbered five-to-one by the battle-hardened Habsburg army, they have little hope.

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.

A tale of betrayal, love, and sacrifice


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