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- Full Title: Love’s Labor’s Lost
- When Written: 1590s
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1598
- Literary Period: The Renaissance (1500-1660)
- Genre: Drama, comedy
- Setting: Navarre, Spain
- Climax: Marcade arrives and announces that the princess’ father (the king of France) has died. Ferdinand asks for her love and she tells him to wait for a year while she grieves.
- Antagonist: The princess and her three ladies are the antagonists to Ferdinand and his three lords, who try to woo their French counterparts.
Extra Credit for Love's Labor's Lost
Love’s Labor’s Won. Some sources contemporary with Shakespeare mention a comedy of his titled Love’s Labor’s Won. Today, no play by this name survives. Some believe it to be a lost comedy written as a sequel to Love’s Labor’s Lost (perhaps following the exploits of Ferdinand after his year of waiting for the princess to mourn), while others think it may be an alternate title of one of the other Shakespearean romantic comedies that has survived.