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Ancient kings and monarchs had many wives.
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:34:40 AM »
It was a common practice both in the East and the West. Consort is another name for a concubine.



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According to the biblical account, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. The wives were described as foreign princesses, including Pharaoh's daughter and women of Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon and of the Hittites.

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Ancient Chinese emperors had many concubines. However, according to some historical records, Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty had about 40,000 concubines (not only concubines, but most of them were maids, who could have sex with the emperor at any time). Of course, a person's energy is very limited, most of the concubines have not even seen the emperor in their life, after being more than 30 years old they were to be returned to freedom.




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Re: Ancient kings and monarchs had many wives.
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 06:02:23 PM »
Is this the reason why dynasties do not last long?  Not much concentration on retaining power.



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Re: Ancient kings and monarchs had many wives.
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 03:59:34 PM »
It's a different world back then with the divine right of kings along with things like the Mandate of Heaven. Tough job usually comes with some type of perks.

Having male heirs was also of primary concern as lifespan was usually short in the days before antibiotics. The average life expectancy in ancient Egypt was 30 years. King Tut passed away at 19.

Eunuchs attended to the royal harem and were meticulous on all records of imperial visits. Concubines sometimes had to bribe them in order to get the king's attention as there were many on the waiting list.




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Re: Ancient kings and monarchs had many wives.
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 05:44:33 PM »
Having too many heirs will cause many power struggles. Plus the heirs will not have an attachment to you and bicker and usurp the throne.

It is usually the initiator of a dynasty has clear ambitions to maintain power because they know of the struggles.  Later heirs to the throne because of perks and entertainment gradually lose power.

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Re: Ancient kings and monarchs had many wives.
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 09:02:45 PM »
It's a different world back then with the divine right of kings along with things like the Mandate of Heaven. Tough job usually comes with some type of perks.

Having male heirs was also of primary concern as lifespan was usually short in the days before antibiotics. The average life expectancy in ancient Egypt was 30 years. King Tut passed away at 19.

Eunuchs attended to the royal harem and were meticulous on all records of imperial visits. Concubines sometimes had to bribe them in order to get the king's attention as there were many on the waiting list.





They really didn’t look and dress like that.

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Re: Ancient kings and monarchs had many wives.
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2020, 05:01:26 PM »
Concubines often get promoted into mistresses when they bear sons. Some even got to be 2nd or 3rd wife of kings.

 
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