As You Like It in Ruled BritanniaEdit
If You Like It, by William Shakespeare, was performed often at The Theatre during 1597-8. Shakespeare played the Duke and Richard Burbage played the Duke's evil brother. After one such performance, Lope de Vega went backstage to meet with Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe for the double purpose of scouting out evidence of treason, and recruiting an English playwright to write a eulogy for the dying King Philip.
One curiosity that Vega noted was that the play ends with the villain being allowed to escape punishment by entering a monastery. Vega wondered if Shakespeare would be allowed to write this same ending were England still Protestant.
The scattered references to If You Like It throughout the novel, suggest that it is essentially the same play as As You Like It. The villain has the same escape in the OTL play.