concubine


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concubine

A woman in a continuous, quasi-marital relationship with a man whom she cannot marry for various reasons—e.g., due to lower socioeconomic status or because the man is already married.
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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.
The Senedd's new Ukip leader Neil Hamilton was jeered during plenary when he turned on Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and Lib Dem AM Kirsty Williams exclaiming "These two ladies have made themselves political concubines in Carwyn's harem.
Nasser Muthana tweeted: "Everyone will soon find out when I get my own concubines. Slave markets are full blast."
The King's chief eunuch, Artaxates, persuades Artaxerxes to keep Callirhoe as a concubine within the confines of the royal palace (6.2).
I'm sure you were curious about the concubines, too.
In this study, I aim to examine the discourse within which Chinese "culture" and Chinese "identity" is regularly situated in transnational Chinese cinema, focusing specifically on the discursive formation of "Chineseness" in Chen Kaige's Farewel My Concubine. My goal is to suggest a different framework with which to look at the topic of Chinese film production in the global context than is normally provided by the discourse of authenticity or of "faithful" or "accurate" representation.
In the plague year 1577, Andrea decided to marry, and chose for his wife not his concubine but rather Cattarina di Gratiani, a woman of some means from the nearby village of Vascon.
4:15, moreover, is time for concubine to administer olive oil bath, up
But Ponti was charged with bigamy and Loren with being a concubine.
Wu Zhao's decision to have two enemies tortured and killed is another example: she tells of her determined rise to power, her humiliation at the hands of a former empress and concubine, and her need to teach these enemies a lesson, but presenting such a complex personal and political history in a few pages reduces it to a recitation of facts, and we are not engaged in either her decision or the consequences.
Dance people who occasionally take time out for a movie may recall Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou's heartrendingly beautiful 1991 film about a concubine in China of the 1920s.
Hosea finally has to reclaim her from being a slave concubine of another man.