The Maid’s Tragedy, written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher was first published during the Jacobean period, in 1619. The play appears to have a bit of a hazy plot which takes place at court and revolves around a secret love affair between the King and Evadne, the sister of a great general, Melantius who has just arrived back from his duties.
Melantius is surprised when he is told that Evadne is to marry one of his friends, Amintor because he was betrothed to the noblewoman, Aspatia. Apparently, the King orchestrated the whole thing claiming that he was honoring the general by marrying off his sister to a nobleman. The reader soon finds out that the King is sleeping with Evadne, so he acts quickly by covering up a potential pregnancy with her marriage to Amintor.
After their wedding, Evadne and Amintor go to their bedroom, where she refuses to sleep with her new husband. Soon thereafter however, Evadne shares with him that the King made her his mistress and arranged their marriage to cover it all up, Amintor feels badly about the whole situation and agrees to act as a married couple would. The next morning the couple keeps up the appearance when talking to various men of the court where both Evadne and her brother, Melantius notice Amintor is acting strangely. The King begins asking Amintor and Evadne questions and as they answer the King appears to grow jealous of this new partnership which he arranged. When alone with the pair, the King tells Amintor that he is to stay away from Evadne and allow her to be with the King whenever he so pleases.
Amintor reveals all that has transpired as of late to his friend and now brother in law, Melantius. Melanius tells his friend to have patience and not to do anything rash, meanwhile as soon as Melantius is left alone he begins hatching a revenge plot against the King, and reveals it to Calianax. I am very interested to see what is going to happen in the final acts of the play and whether or not Melantius will be successful in his plot against the King, and who else will perish.