The only known published reference to Love's Labours Won in Palladis Tamia

Love's Labours Won is the name of a play written by English author William Shakespeare before 1598. The title is known from a pamphlet of literary criticism issued in that year, and a bookseller's list of inventory from 1603, but no other authentic reference to this play is known to exist. Opinion is divided as to just what manner of play it is. Some believe that it is a lost sequel to Shakespeare's c.-1591 comedy Love's Labours Lost. This is not impossible, but is unlikely because Shakespeare is not known to have written sequels, except to plays based on historical events. Others have suggested that the title is an alternative name for one of Shakespeare's known plays, possibly Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, or All's Well That Ends Well.

Love's Labours Won in Ruled Britannia[]


Love's Labours Won was a play written by William Shakespeare in 1597. Shortly after beginning the play, Shakespeare was contracted by Don Diego Flores de Valdes to write King Philip and then by William Cecil to write Boudicca. Between the two projects and his increasingly deepened involvement in Cecil's plot to overthrow Queen Isabella and King Albert, Shakespeare was only able to work on Love's Labours Won very slowly.

Shakespeare wrote the humorous secondary character Don Amadeo de Armado to conform with the English notion of a "comical Spaniard." He then realised that this might attract undue attention from the occupiers, so he changed the character to a Venetian named Signor Adriano di Armato.

Literary comment[]

Judging by the few details of the play given in the novel, it seems to be identical to the OTL Love's Labours Lost, with the only stated difference being Don Armado's nationality.

Later in the novel, Dumaine's sonnet from Act IV Scene 3 is sung by Cicily Sellis.[1]


  1. Ruled Britannia, pgs. 303-304.