Why did Emperors of India and China have so many mistresses?

Feb 2011
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Perambulating in St James' Park
keeping into the natural ability of men , ( sorry women)
that's about three climax in a night ( twelve hours ) and I'm being kind to the Guy
it's a sad reality that the number of women available to a dynast is way more than can be "used" in a satisfactory manner

most of the Harem would be massively frustrated
one also should point out that the top bitch would not hesitate
to use poison , garroting rope or straight stomping to keep their "most beloved" status
by all accounts Harem life was a seething caldron of viciousness not unlike girls high schools
I don't see how this can be an accurate reflection as you haven't provided any sources. I think you should apply for a research grant and take this on as an official historical inquiry.

I can provide you with a short list of candidates who are willing to support your experiment.
 
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There's an interesting Ming novel called The Unbridled Lust and Untimely Death of Prince Hailing. It's basically 17th century pornography about the supposedly real-life sexual antics of the Jurchen emperor Hailing Wang. Pretty raunchy stuff even by today's standards if you're into that kind of thing.
 
May 2013
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The abode of the lord of the north
Sometimes it is also about forging matrimonial alliances. You have a bully as your neighbor, take a wife from there, preferably king's kinswomen. It's a form of geo-politics.
 

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Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
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That's right. But just marrying her is not enough, you have to constantly make her happy. If she is not happy, the Alliance is over.
lol. The additional wife of an emperor is not expected to be particularly happy. The alliance is not dependent on her happiness. If he totally ignored her sexually or beat her badly or something, that might cause a problem. A wife married for political alliances probably couldn't be mistreated like a concubine could.
 
May 2013
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The abode of the lord of the north
That's right. But just marrying her is not enough, you have to constantly make her happy. If she is not happy, the Alliance is over.
Nobody really cares about that. Her father probably has as much as 20-30 daughters in his multitudes of wives, he is just happy to marry them off and be done with it. What you need to do is to make a heir. Make a heir in each these wives and that itself will make sure the alliance stands.

Moreover, remember these queens are getting married into a system. She sees the same thing happening to her mom, her grandmom and apparently to all girls around her. She is conditioned to be treated like that. Once her king gives her a child, she'll mostly live around this child.
 
Jan 2019
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London, United Kingdom
Nobody really cares about that. Her father probably has as much as 20-30 daughters in his multitudes of wives, he is just happy to marry them off and be done with it. What you need to do is to make a heir. Make a heir in each these wives and that itself will make sure the alliance stands.

Moreover, remember these queens are getting married into a system. She sees the same thing happening to her mom, her grandmom and apparently to all girls around her. She is conditioned to be treated like that. Once her king gives her a child, she'll mostly live around this child.
So the king only need to impregnate her and his duty is done? That's way too easy.