Comus (A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634) is a masque in honor of chastity. It was first presented on Michaelmas, 1634, before John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater at Ludlow Castle in celebration of the Earl’s new post as Lord President of Wales. Known colloquially as Comus, the mask’s actual full title is A Mask presented at Ludlow Castle 1634: on Michaelmas night, before the right honorable John, Earl of Bridgewater, Viscount Brackley, Lord President of Wales, and one of His Majesty’s most honorable privy council. Illustrated by Alma-Tadema’s “Consecration of Bacchus”
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