Longaville is a tall young lord at the King of Navarre’s court, one of the three lords who agree to join the King on his scholarly retreat, convinced that three years without good food or women is not so long.
Well-educated and a good fighter, he is well-regarded by the world, though he can be a little too nasty in his jokes and blunt in manner. He enjoys the opportunity to take Berowne down a peg by mocking him for falling in love with an unfashionably dark-complexioned woman. He himself, however, is just as strongly infatuated with Maria, and sends her a great deal of bad love poetry, along with a pearl necklace. By the end of the play, he has come to think that twelve months is indeed a long time to be away from Maria, especially as she does promise to marry him.