collapse

Author Topic: Ancient kings and monarchs had many wives.  (Read 290 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline CoconutXO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1526
  • Karma: +6/-0
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.



Quote
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.

Quote
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.




Offline gaden

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12783
  • Karma: +90/-10
  • Gender: Male
  • The Grand Lord of Mopeds
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.



Tham quan Lăng Vua có hơn 100 Vợ

Offline CoconutXO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1526
  • Karma: +6/-0
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.




Offline gaden

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12783
  • Karma: +90/-10
  • Gender: Male
  • The Grand Lord of Mopeds
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.

Offline Guess

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7801
  • Karma: +60/-2
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.

Offline CoconutXO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1526
  • Karma: +6/-0
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.

 
Name: Email:
Verification:
What is love? (bird, flower, ephemeral of life, tattoo, idn):

* Recent Posts

how did this guy make the "hot Asian men" list? by
[Yesterday at 09:43:26 PM]


Vin guys selling Saigon estate using Uighur looking models by
[Yesterday at 09:42:18 PM]


Thai - Laotian Border War by gaden
[Yesterday at 05:09:51 PM]


Bunnies by gaden
[Yesterday at 05:00:12 PM]


Vietnamese who live and breathe sinosphere culture by gaden
[Yesterday at 03:02:32 PM]


Nuối tiếc - Ái Vân & Trịnh Nam Sơn by teacup
[Yesterday at 02:51:08 PM]


Chinese world wiide are itching for war! by 1r0n_m4n_xl
[Yesterday at 02:40:19 PM]


Lê Hựu Hà - Tôi Muốn (Original 1973 version) by teacup
[Yesterday at 02:39:24 PM]


banning TIK TOK and WEchat means the chinese can't communicate by 1r0n_m4n_xl
[Yesterday at 02:37:53 PM]


European powers reject China's South China Sea claims by 1r0n_m4n_xl
[Yesterday at 02:33:57 PM]


Jackie (Commie) Chan´s only daughter is homeless and lesbian by 1r0n_m4n_xl
[Yesterday at 02:27:21 PM]


'Ching chong! You have Chinese virus!': 1 in 4 Chinese youths experience by 1r0n_m4n_xl
[Yesterday at 02:19:44 PM]


164 Senators really just voted against condemning anti-chinese racism. LOL USA! by 1r0n_m4n_xl
[Yesterday at 02:17:55 PM]


Chinese fleeing Malaysia, apartments are now dirt cheap by 1r0n_m4n_xl
[Yesterday at 02:13:49 PM]


The Atlantic Philanthropies by gaden
[Yesterday at 02:07:39 PM]


Vietnam´s mafia traffic cops keep running into trouble busting commie bosses by gaden
[Yesterday at 01:55:40 PM]


Vinmac diet still no match for Pad Thai by gaden
[Yesterday at 01:44:32 PM]


Billions of Dollars are Poured into Vietnam by gaden
[Yesterday at 01:40:09 PM]


Safety first when reopening international flights by convoy
[Yesterday at 10:07:05 AM]


Mai Phuong Thuy goes for money over love by Guess
[Yesterday at 07:50:31 AM]


Vinsmart introduces world´s 2nd under camera smartphone by
[Yesterday at 05:54:41 AM]


Annie le by Guess
[September 20, 2020, 02:19:41 PM]


Stocks & Trades by Olive Juice
[September 20, 2020, 02:12:08 PM]


Brazilian Fan Girl Sings Lac Troi by Cover
[September 20, 2020, 02:05:21 PM]


random thoughts thread by Guess
[September 20, 2020, 01:53:23 PM]


Good ways to teach your kids. by Guess
[September 20, 2020, 01:42:45 PM]


Wish me luck on my second certification test! by Guess
[September 20, 2020, 01:38:56 PM]


Mam roux chau doc or mam roux hue by Guess
[September 20, 2020, 01:35:50 PM]


TWICE "FANCY" M/V by Olive Juice
[September 20, 2020, 01:34:41 PM]


Why does he cover his face. by Guess
[September 20, 2020, 01:32:53 PM]

* News Feeds