Love's Labour's Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to
have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before
Queen Elizabeth I. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as
they attempt to forswear the company of women for three years of study and
fasting, and their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of Aquitaine and her
ladies. In an untraditional ending for a comedy, the play closes with the death
of the Princess's father, and all weddings are delayed for a year.