Study Guide

Love's Labour's Lost Characters

By William Shakespeare

King of Navarre

Since the young King is so keen on his no-girls-allowed secret society ("the Academe"), let's...

Princess of France

Okay, she's still a Princess. But we know that she's on her way to being more queenly than Helen...

Berowne

Berowne is the second in command, but some people think he's way more interesting than the King....

Rosaline

Rosaline is the Princess's wingman (just like Berowne is the King's wingman). We probably...

Longaville

Longaville is a nobleman in the King of Navarre's pack who eventually falls for the lovely Maria...

Dumain

Dumain is the last of a pretty distinguished crew and falls for Katherine (of the Princess's...

Katharine

It's a little hard to pin Katharine down, because some editions attribute more wordplay to her...

Maria

Maria, who falls in love with Longaville, is the least fully realized of the Princess's...

Boyet

Boyet is actually a totally fascinating creation. Shakespeare scholar Harold Bloom describes him...

Armado

Armado is like one of the courtiers (the King, Berowne, Dumain, and Longaville) seen in a...

Marcade

Marcade carries the message from France that the King is dead, hastening the Princess's return....

Moth

Moth is Armado's feisty page. He loves teasing and criticizing his master, and reminds us of a...

Costard

"Costard the Swain" is first mentioned as a potential source of amusement for the newly monkish...

Holofernes

Holofernes, the schoolteacher, may have been an afterthought in the writing of the play. Along...

Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a curate, or village preacher. As a man of the cloth, he is educated enough to speak...

Dull

Dull is the village constable, and he's fascinating. No, no—of course he's not: just check...

Jaquenetta

Jaquenetta attracts the romantic attention of both Costard and Armado. The letter meant for...