The king dies of a mysterious illness and the former concubine sits her son prince sung won on the throne as a puppet king naming herself regent and queen mother and taking firm control over the royal court hwa yeon is moved to a closely watched humble residence where she is under surveillance constantly. The kings concubine was refreshing and from the first page it immersed me in the medieval era alice at first was naive but then as i followed her story and her ups and downs at court you realise how two faced life was then one minute she was the favourite and a very powerful woman. Neither was the case for a concubine certain jewish thinkers such as maimonides believed that concubines were strictly reserved for kings and thus that a commoner may not have a concubine indeed such thinkers argued that commoners may not engage in any type of sexual relations outside of a marriage. Question what is a concubine why did god allow men to have concubines in the bible answer a concubine is a female who voluntarily enslaves and sells herself to a man primarily for his sexual pleasure concubines in the patriarchal age and beyond did not have equal status with a wife
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