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CONCUBINE. A woman who cohabits with a man as his wife, without being married.

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His courtiers have left him in the lurch, and his concubines have followed so excellent an example.
Canadian writer and poet Sikeena Karmali makes a foray into the world of historical fiction by means of her new novel, The Mulberry Courtesan, which centres on the life of one of the Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar's concubines. It takes place just some years prior to the defeat of the Indian 'mutiny' and the consequent establishment of the British Raj.
There were tough miscegenation laws in colonial Kenya that forbade Europeans and Africans from marrying.A good number of Europeans secretly kept African women as concubines even though they risked being excommunicated from their society.
'Each time my husband answers phone calls from his concubines, he will leave home and spend the night with them.
3) Akbar had more than 25 wives but over 5,000 women were concubines in his harem.
Fascinated and intrigued, we were all ears as we learned about the eunuchs and the concubines. The concubines wished the emperor would pick them so that their lives would be changed forever.
She researched her book through memoirs and academic texts on concubines and also reread novels such as Singaporean author Catherine Lim's 1998 bestseller, The Bondmaid, about the forbidden love between a bondmaid - sold by her parents into slavery in a wealthy household - and the young master of the house in 1950s Singapore.
Another of Igathe's friends adds: "We never miss our wives, we never miss our 'concubines'."
What the Bible teaches is that marriage is one man and as many women as he can persuade or purchase or coerce to become his wives or his concubines. Remember King Solomon and his 500 wives/concubines?
The Ottomans bought Christian slaves--to be both the sultans' concubines and their janissaries--because they preferred subjects who had no affiliation with or loyalty to "Ottoman families who might challenge the dynasty's dominance." The Christians had been torn from their families and were therefore "completely dependent" on the sultans' "largesse." The tradition also complied with Islamic law, which dictated that a Muslim could not enslave another Muslim.
Conquerors, Brides, and Concubines: Interfaith Relations and Social Power in Medieval Iberia.
MORE Light, People's Theatre, Newcastle, until Saturday It sounds grim, this story of the Chinese concubines entombed with their dead emperor - but it is full of black humour and is done here with considerable aplomb.