Emperors had multiple wives to ensure they had enough heirs of the right sort.
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Why polygamy was a component of imperial China's game of thrones

Wee Kek Koon admires the longevity of his parents' marriage but reflects that ancient Chinese, with their mistresses, don't offer a good example

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Emperors had multiple wives to ensure they had enough heirs of the right sort.
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