Cixi was the concubine
of Emperor Xianfeng (1861-1861) and bore him a son who became Emperor Tongzhi (1862-1875).
Islamic State soldiers may take Yazidi women as concubines
or sell them.
Cixi, a Manchu-clan member's daughter, was selected as a concubine
for Emperor Xianfeng in 1851.
Another unusual element in the concubine
narrative is that initially the Israelites could not defeat the tribe of Benjamin.
Using Chinese Fifth Generation director Chen Kaige's film Farewell My Concubine
as a case study, I intend to investigate the ways in which national films are conceived as successful "transnational cinemas.
The shortlist is comprised of: Star Gazing by Linda Gillard; Sophia's Secret by Canadian author Susanna Kearsley; Thanks for the Memories, the fifth book by Cecelia Ahern; Before the Storm by Judith Lennox, who is shortlisted for the third time; East of the Sun by Julia Gregson; and a novel set in 19th century Japan, The Last Concubine
, by Lesley Downer.
Marta is taken as a concubine
by a Turk, escapes with the help of his wife back to an orphanage for Armenian children run by kindly Germans, gives birth, and struggles to survive until the war is over.
As the drink flows, so the characters, ranging from the concubine
of a 13th century Japanese Emperor to Pope Joan, reveal the pain of their sacrifices.
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.
The 1573 problems of an abbot with his former concubine
are next compared with those of the popular commedia dell'arte figure Captain Fear, male concubine
of the Amazons.
It also boasts two of Asia's biggest stars, Hong Kong's Chow Yun-Fat (``Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon''; the upcoming ``Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'') and China's top actress, Gong Li (``Raise the Red Lantern,'' ``Farewell, My Concubine
,'' ``Miami Vice''), as an emperor and empress whose domestic warfare with one another threatens the fate of the entire kingdom.
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.
And the elevated balcony recalls both the harem mashrabiya and chattri of Islamic tradition, a place you expect to find a pasha smoking his hookah and listening to poetry or music from a favourite concubine
They both long for freedom, though of different kinds: He wants Taiwan to liberate itself from Japanese rule, while she yearns for the same tenderness and autonomy he has accorded a young concubine
by paying off her indenture.
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.