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concubine

(in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
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Although possessing well over a dozen sons and numerous wives and concubines, Zafar finds himself attracted both intellectually as well as physically to the charming Laale.
Born in 1920 in Kericho, she was only 14 when she was quietly taken in by a European man in Kerenga in Kericho, who kept her as his concubine.
An interesting feature of the Ming dynasty and principal reason for its decline was the ever-increasing power of the eunuchs who were castrated at an early age to serve the emperor's harem and concubines.
In The Concubine's Child, her first novel for adults, she writes from the perspective of 16-year-old Yu Lan, who is sold as a concubine to a wealthy, ageing towkay (businessman) in 1930s Kuala Lumpur.
The Bible teaches that if a wife doesn't conceive an heir for the husband, it's just dandy for him to sire one with a concubine (or handmaid), but then if his wife later does bear a son, it's OK to disown the concubine's son and to drive her and that child out into the desert and not care if they live or die.
The competition was often bloody, with family members conspiring to kill one another to elevate their favorites to the top of the heap, and many concubines suffering the sorrow of losing their children.
Mining a remarkable variety of literary and historical sources, Conquerors, Brides, and Concubines explores interfaith sexual relations (mostly between Muslims and Christians) from the Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in 711 to the end of the Middle Ages.
The 21 concubines, who have feasted on the finest of foods in return for serving the needs of the emperor, must now die alongside him in a beautiful mausoleum designed and built to his own specifications - by the men who are also entombed in the outer chambers.
In Wegwerpvrouwen he tells the story of the slaves (njai) who were kept as concubines. The shortage of women made this a common practice during the era of the East Indies Company VOC, with all its excesses.
Multiple wives, concubines and slaves are also biblical values.
The Intercultural Weaving of Historical Texts: Chinese and European Stories About Emperor Ku and His Concubines
NEIL Hamilton has been slapped on the wrist after calling two top female politicians "political concubines" in Carwyn Jones' "harem".