Prince Reminds Citizens to Refrain from Public Violence

Peace between the Montagues and the Capulets may finally be a possibility says witnesses

Prince Escalus rides towards the conflict, attempting to cease the fighting.

(Revised on March 31 and April 13) VERONA — On March 20th, 1337, at around 1:00 pm, servingmen of the Capulet and the Montague began fighting near the market place of Verona, Italy after one of the Capulet servingmen, Sampson, insulted a Montague servingmen, Abram, by biting his thumb towards him.

The brawl continued as the kinsmen of the two families, Tybalt and Benvolio, joined in as well. Many citizens reported witnessing the Prince of Verona, Prince Escalus, stopping the conflict saying, “Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground, And hear the sentence of your movèd prince.”(1.1.89-90) to the fighting Montague and Capulet members.

The citizens of Verona have become fed up with the behaviour of the members of the two families. Many citizens showed their disapproval by chanting, “Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down! Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!” (1.1.74-75)

This fight is not the first time that the Capulet and the Montague have clashed with each other in the public streets of the city of Verona, Italy. This is the third time and is most likely the last time as Prince Escalus warned the leaders of the Montagues and the Capulets that if this type of violence occurs again that their, “lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.” (1.1.99)

It is most likely that the deeper cause of these quarrels is due to the long-lasting rivalry between the parents of the Capulets and the Montagues. The cause of this rivalry occurred long ago and is unknown to many, even to the servingmen of the families.

Many of the citizens were pleased with the Prince’s speech. Unlike the leaders of the two families who were angered after hearing the cruel words of the Prince. The citizens of Verona may finally be able to live with peace in the streets due to the Prince and maybe the rivalry between the two families can end. This may have been the final fight in the peaceful city of Verona.