Title: Love’s Sacrifice.
Author: John Ford.
Date: c. 1633.
Genre: Tragedy, a touch of comedy.
Language Difficulty Rating: 4 (not difficult).
In Love’s Sacrifice, John Ford does an admirable job of treating the Duke’s gradual mental deterioration and eventual breakdown with somewhat more subtlety then we might expect from our ancient authors. The play also features (spoiler alert!) one of the great blood-lettings of the Elizabethan stage.
Our Story: The Duke of Pavia has fallen in love with, and married, Bianca; the Duke’s close advisor, Fernando, has unfortunately also fallen in love with her. The Duke’s sister is in love with Fernando. The volatile passions of the characters will not likely lead to a happy ending.