The kings of Bohemia and Sicilia, monarchs of adjoining kingdoms, have been close friends since boyhood. But after each has assumed his regal duties and find that they are not able to see much of each other. Therefore at the opening of the story it has been several years since they have met, each has taken unto himself a royal spouse, and the King of Bohemia boasts a son of four years. The King of Bohemia enjoys a visit to his boyhood friend of Sicilia, is royally received and presented to his host's queen. She, in fulfilling her duties as hostess, unconsciously arouses the jealousy of her royal husband. Blinded by his jealousy, the King of Sicilia orders his royal guest, whom be considers his rival, poisoned. The King of Bohemia escapes a horrible death through the confession of the courtier who has been employed to kill him. He returns safely to his own kingdom, carrying with him the courtier who saved his life. Enraged at the escape of his victim, the King of Sicilia orders his ... Written by
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