The play, Fuente Ovejuna was written by Spanish playwright Lope de Vega. It was most likely written between 1612 and 1614 and was first published in Madrid in 1619. The play is based on an actual historical event that took place in the village of Fuente Ovejuna, which is located North West of Córdoba, in 1476. The play presents information on what life was like in the kingdom of Castile during the 15th century. Fuente Ovejuna is far more than a dramatic series of events as it reflects on the political and social aspects of Spain during this time period. (Spain Then and Now) Lope de Vega’s adaptation of Fuente Ovejuna aimed to enlighten the people of Spain as to their democratic heritage. (Fox, 188) However, beneath the obvious political…show more content… He demands Esteban, Laurencia 's father, to allow him to have her but he refuses and the Commander takes this as an insult. A soldier enters and begs the Commander to return to Ciudad Real, which has just been surrounded by the forces of Ferdinand and Isabella. After the exit of the Commander, Laurencia and Pascuala go on the run with one of the peasants, Mengo. They are met by another peasant girl, Jacinta, who is being pursued by the Commander 's servants. When Mengo protects her, they are both seized by the Commander 's lackeys who will whip Mengo while Jacinta is raped by the Commander and his soldiers. Shortly afterwards, Esteban agrees to allow Laurencia and Frondoso to marry. The wedding proceeds but is interrupted by the Commander who arrests Frondoso, for his threat with the crossbow.
The third act opens with the men of the village meeting to decide how to handle the situation. Laurencia, having been severely beaten enters, but is not immediately recognized. She reprimands the men for not attempting to rescue her, inspiring the men to kill the Commander. While preparations are being made to hang Frondoso, the band of villagers enters and kills the Commander and one of his servants. Flores, the surviving servant, escapes and rushes to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to tell what has happened. The shocked rulers order a magistrate to the village to investigate the truth. The villagers, celebrating with the head of the Commander,