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consort

1. esp formerly
a. a small group of instruments, either of the same type, such as viols, (a whole consort) or of different types (a broken consort)
b. (as modifier): consort music
2. the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
3. a ship that escorts another
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Strength is chiefly valued in the male, and comeliness in the female; not upon the account of love, but to preserve the race from degenerating; for where a female happens to excel in strength, a consort is chosen, with regard to comeliness.
"Adieu, 'graceful consort,'" said Stephen, buttoning his coat across when he had done singing, and smiling down from his tall height, with the air of rather a patronizing lover, at the little lady on the music-stool.
CREON And as thy consort queen she shares the throne?
"Queen consorts usually share their husband's social rank and status," Miller wrote.
Consorts of the Caliphs: Women and the Court of Baghdad
According to express.co.uk, they would officially be known as Prince or Princess Consorts.
There is clearly a need now to extend the 2011 reform by resolving the difference in the titles of royal consorts.
Loades has established himself as an expert on Tudor history and here he devotes himself to Tudor queens, both consorts and queens regnant.
Banks (London Metropolitan U., UK) examines the repertoire of late fifteenth-century instrumental consorts. He addresses the problem of identification when notated music is instrumental rather than vocal, and describes performance practices and how this music works for instruments associated with polyphonic ensembles of the period.
She also exposes the vulnerabilities of many innocent sons, especially the heirs, who often became the victims of imperial politics--preyed on by ambitious consorts, contenders to the throne, regents or the emperor.
Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria.
The consorts of our previous kings during the 20th century have each made their mark on the British way of life.

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