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Beverly Bossier's richly researched book examines the question from an intriguing new angle, namely the role of concubines, a constant presence in the polygamous Chinese marital system, and "courtesans," the usual translation term for the female entertainers who were central to male sociality for most of dynastic Chinese history.
But, says a website, "while Tang Dynasty concubines were known to dress in revealing clothes that showed off ample cleavage," the sight of cleavage after cleavage arrayed in pastelcolored gowns was deemed "too risque" for state censors.
Concubines and power; five hundred years in a Northern Nigerian palace.
But it is lust that conquers as Amnon sneaks into his father's harem to spy on the concubines.
All is well until Othon's concubines, maddened by jealousy, decide to kill themselves and Honorata by jumping off a building.
He rambled on about Esther and Mordechai and Haman and slayings and concubines and how Hitler wasn't the first to visit a holocaust upon the Jews.
Or: ``Nothing short of Mohammed taking a break from his 11 wives and two concubines - and issuing a direct appeal himself - could get those obstinate Muslims to change their minds.
Eccleslastical battles over priests' concubines went on for centuries.
They pointed out that while many emancipated slave women (who made up about 60 percent of adult slaves) managed to flee their former masters either in groups or with male protectors, others, unsure of their security beyond the compound and village of their captivity, remained as concubines or wives of their ex-masters.
Most were female, destined for service as domestics and concubines in the households of bourgeois urbanites or the great houses of the Berber Lords of the Atlas.
Anna's job is bigger than she imagined, since the number of royal children comes to nearly 60, thanks to a bevy of concubines.
In visitation reports in the 1580s, some villagers even pointed to the way that priests kept concubines as a positive sign of how priests were integrated into the community, which shows both the villagers' confidence in their own vision of the clerical office and their ignorance of the expectations of the Tridentine church.
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