The Amorous Prince

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or, The Curious Husband

a comedy by Aphra Behn

first published 1671

About the Play

Aphra Behn's second play, The Amorous Prince is a story of fidelity and infidelity among the aristocracy.

Known Editions

  • The amorous prince; or, The curious husband, a comedy London : Printed by J.M. for Thomas Dring 1671

References from Secondary Sources

  • James O. Halliwell, A Dictionary of Old English Plays (1860)

    AMOROUS PRINCE; or, the Curious Husband. Comedy by Mrs. Behn. Acted at the Duke of York's Theatre. 4to 1671. The plot of this play is built on the novel of the Curious Impertinent in Don Quixote, and on Davenport's City Night-cap. Mrs. Behn has, however, greatly excelled that play, and even improved on the novel itself. Scene, the Court of Florence.

    The plot Halliwell-Phillips refers to as borrowed from Cervantes is the secondary plot of the play, involving a chastity test. In Cervantes' version, the test ends in tragedy; Behn brings it to a comic ending, instead.