Sancho IV (SAHN-choh), called Sancho the Brave, the king of Castile. He falls in love with Estrella Tabera, the betrothed of Don Sancho Ortiz. The king, in disguise, bribes his way into her home but is recognized by her brother, who refuses to acknowledge him as the king, claiming that no ruler would stoop to dishonor. Unable to act in his own person, the king promises Don Sancho any bride he may choose in return for killing an enemy. Don Sancho, finding that he must kill his fiancée’s brother, is faithful to his oath of loyalty and kills Don Bustos. Imprisoned, he loyally remains silent, and King Sancho must order his execution. At the plea of Estrella, he gives her the power to decide the fate of Don Sancho. When she frees him, the king is forced to confess his own guilt.
Estrella Tabera (ehs-TREH-yah tah-BEH-rah), the Star of Seville. When her fiancé, Don Sancho, kills her brother at the king’s command, she saves Don Sancho’s life but refuses to marry him because of the murder.
Don Bustos Tabera
Don Bustos Tabera (BEWS-tohs), Estrella’s brother, who insults the disguised king and is killed in a duel by his sister’s fiancé.
Don Sancho Ortiz
Don Sancho Ortiz (ohr-TEES), Estrella’s betrothed. At the king’s command, he kills her brother and, unswervingly loyal, refuses to reveal the truth. He is saved from execution by Estrella, but they never marry.
Don Arias (AH-ree-ahs), the king’s confidant.
Don Pedro de Guzmán
Don Pedro de Guzmán (PEH-droh deh guhs-MAHN) and
Don Farfán de Riviera
Don Farfán de Riviera (fahr-FAHN deh rree-va-rah), alcaldes of Seville.
Matilde (mah-TEEL-deh), a maid who admits the disguised king to Estrella’s house. She is hanged by Don Bustos.
Clarindo (klahr-EEN-doh), Don Sancho’s servant.