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Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen | Alison Weir
Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII's wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first, devoted, and "true" queen. A princess of Spain, Catalina is only sixteen years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage--and Arthur, Prince of Wales, and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII. She must wait for his coming-of-age, an ordeal that tests her resolve, casts doubt on her trusted confidantes, and turns her into a virtual prisoner. Katherine's patience is rewarded when she becomes Queen of England. The affection between Katherine and Henry is genuine, but forces beyond her control threaten to rend her marriage, and indeed the nation, apart. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine's maid of honor, Anne Boleyn. Now Katherine must be prepared to fight, to the end if God wills it, for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart. Advance praise for Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen "In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall."--Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell "Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive."--Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King Acclaim for the novels of Alison Weir The Marriage Game "Entrancing . . . Weir manages to weave actual history and the imagined kind together seamlessly."--Huntington News "Weir's credible characters and blend of the personal and political will sweep up readers of this engrossing behind-the-scenes psychological portrait of Elizabeth."--Publishers Weekly A Dangerous Inheritance "A juicy mix of romance, drama and Tudor history . . . pure bliss for today's royal watchers."--Ladies' Home Journal "Highly compelling [with] plenty to keep readers enthralled."--Historical Novel Review Captive Queen "Should be savored . . . Weir wastes no time captivating her audience."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Stunning . . . As always, Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction."--The Denver Post From the Hardcover edition.
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HOTPock3tt
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Where my Tudor Dorks at?!!! 🤣 lol! 😎 Ok this isn‘t easy to rate, because it was sooo darn slow in parts and then such a page turner in other parts. I‘ve been kind of obsessed with the Tudors since college, but if you are NOT, I‘m not sure if the pace of this will hold your interest. 😕I see why ppl call Katherine ‘the boring one‘ 😂 anyway I did learn a lot... And I‘m on board for Tudor anything so I will continue the series. ☺️
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RavenLovelyReads Tudor geek right here! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Are you watching The Spanish Queen on Starz?? (edited) 3mo
HOTPock3tt @RavenLovelyReads not yet, but my vacation from work started today so I‘m definitely planning to check it out in the next couple days! 🤗 are you liking it so far? 3mo
wordslinger42 I LOVE all things Tudor!!!! This one is on my TBR! 3mo
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Librarybelle I‘m reading this one too! I love everything Tudor...they were such a controversial bunch! 3mo
CouronneDhiver 👋🏽 Me! I‘ve had this one on my TBR for awhile... planning to check it out soon. 3mo
Birdsong28 Love this series. Don't forget to check out the ebooks that accompany each of the books!! 3mo
HOTPock3tt @Birdsong28 I didn‘t even know there WERE ebooks with each book! 😱 thanks for letting me know 🤗 (edited) 3mo
HOTPock3tt @wordslinger42 @Librarybelle @CouronneDhiver It‘s written a lot like a non-fiction book... which is good in some ways for those of us who love the Tudors ☺️ (edited) 3mo
Birdsong28 @HOTPock3tt This is before the book you have just read 3mo
Birdsong28 @HOTPock3tt These are for before the 3rd book the first is the tagged book then The Chateau of Briis 3mo
Birdsong28 @HOTPock3tt These are for before the fourth book the tagged book then The Unhappiest woman in Christendom 3mo
Birdsong28 @HOTPock3tt These are for before the fifth book the tagged book first then The curse of the Hungerfords 3mo
HOTPock3tt @Birdsong28 Omg thanks so much for all the recommendations!!!!!! ♥️🎉🙌🏽 3mo
SaraFair Oh wow I have found my people! Tudor nut here too. Will be watching your feeds- 2mo
HOTPock3tt @SaraFair Thank you! 🤗🎉 the FIRST thing I noticed when I clicked your profile was that you‘re reading a book about Elizabeth 1, so I will definitely be watching yours too! 😎 2mo
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Just downloaded. Will begin reading it this afternoon.

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Wife
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I have a fascination with the English Monarchy, so my plan is to read the NF account as I read the 6 Tudor Queens series. I didn‘t know that Henry VIII had questioned the validity of his marriage prior to meeting Ann Boleyn. I‘m pretty impressed with KofA! She really held tight to her marriage to make sure that her daughter Mary‘s legitimacy was preserved. 3/5👑s

Kimberlone I‘ve read Weirs book on Elizabeth I, which was very informative but readable. Enjoy her book on all the wives! 4mo
Birdsong28 If you are reading this series make sure you check out the e-books that go in between each book. 📚📖 4mo
Wife @Birdsong28 😮How do I access the e-books? Are they very long? I‘m not a fan of screen-reading, but I don‘t want to miss any content. Thanks for the tip🌹 4mo
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Itchyfeetreader At this point I will pitch one of my all time favourites ! It‘s chunky but I think worth it! 4mo
Wife @Itchyfeetreader On my TBR already! It sounds so good! Thanks for reminding me🌹 4mo
Birdsong28 @Wife You can get them from Amazon. They aren't very long takes about 15-30 mins to read 4mo
Birdsong28 @wife The tagged book is before Katherine of Aragon 4mo
Birdsong28 @Wife The tagged book is before Jane Seymour. You need to read the tagged book then The Chateau of Briis : A lesson in love then Jane Seymour 4mo
Birdsong28 @wife The tagged book is before Anne of Cleeves. You need to read the tagged book then The Unhappiest woman in Christendom then Anne of Cleeves. 4mo
Birdsong28 @wife The tagged book before Katherine Parr. You need to read the tagged book then The Curse of the Hungerfords then Katherine Parr 4mo
Birdsong28 Sorry for spamming you but there are quite a few between each book. And I wanted to show the order that they were in and the books I haven't tagged are also the e-books but I can only tag one book. @Wife 4mo
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HOTPock3tt
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1.) RAP 🎵 music!!!! ♥️🙃
2.) Summer
3.) Historical Fiction!!!! 💜 (tagged my current one) and YA.
4.) Hopefully, Coney Island (meaning pita bread!! chicken tenders, tomatoes, pickles etc.) and fries 🤗
@howjessreads #Friyayintro

Crazeedi Your tagged book is on my read very soon list, I want to read the series!! 4mo
HOTPock3tt @Crazeedi Omg it‘s so good!! 🤗 it was a bit slow at first but once it gets started it‘s a page turner!!! She writes her fiction a lot like she writes her non-fiction. So it‘s very enjoyable knowing she just added a bit of story to the real events!! ♥️ (edited) 4mo
Crazeedi @HOTPock3tt I ordered it, will be here tomorrow!! 4mo
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HOTPock3tt @Crazeedi wow!! 😵 I hope you love it like I do!! 🤗♥️ 4mo
PathfinderNicole I loved the book you‘re currently reading! I just finished the third one in that series last week! 4mo
HOTPock3tt @PathfinderNicole omg I really have to catch up!! 😀 I have the 2nd book, but haven‘t bought the 3rd one yet... 4mo
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Librarybelle
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I feel like I‘m missing out on so much on Litsy lately! I‘ve barely had time to breathe, with everything going on at the library. So many great new things, but everything happening at the same time makes things so crazy! Add to that daily problems & some unexpected hiccups at the library...

Snatching a few minutes for this one, which I started a few days ago. I took a vacay day to run errands tomorrow...hopefully I‘ll get more reading done then!

CouronneDhiver I‘ve been trying to get to that one for awhile now... 6mo
Librarybelle @CouronneDhiver It‘s good so far! 6mo
Crazeedi I've had this on my tbr for some time. I need to get back to my historical books!! 6mo
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Zelma I‘m in the same boat. Hardly have time on Litsy anymore due to work being insane. I love my job but the library is a complete time and energy suck. 6mo
Librarybelle @Crazeedi Hope you can get to it soon! 6mo
Librarybelle @Zelma Hopefully it will get better for you! It‘s my hope that things will settle down for me in the next couple months. 6mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle I'm moving it up! 6mo
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CouronneDhiver
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I asked the library to add this series to their e-book collection a few weeks ago and ... here it is!

#NextUp 👑

MellieAntoinette Oooh I just ordered this book as well! Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 9mo
Crazeedi I'd like to know what you think, I love this era, and I've hear she is a great author, and I've heard her books are not that good. It looks very interesting , I've read several about her 9mo
Librarybelle I‘m making my historical fiction book group read this later on this year. The Tudors are so interesting to read about, and I really like Alison Weir‘s nonfiction books. 9mo
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SaraFair
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Reading about the queens in order after finishing “The Tudors” on Netflix. The Renaissance English History podcast has many interviews of Alison Weir that I listen to often. She is going to teach me something today!

CouronneDhiver I‘m hoping to read that one soon! 13mo
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Worley-B
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This wasn't quite what I expected, but it was good nonetheless. I thought the reading level would be a bit higher just based on the subject, I suppose. I'll definitely continue reading the series. It's very interesting to read the story from her perspective and get a better account than TV dramas afford!

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QueenJen
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After I finished this, I read a "thing" from the author where she mentions using actual letters in her story as well as maintaining as much of the history as possible.
Yeah, I'll be looking for book 2 about Anne Boleyn!

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PathfinderNicole
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Trying to get some pages in at my grandma‘s while watching The West Wing! My son stayed at my mom‘s last night and my grandma is at a meeting so enjoying the temporary peace and quiet!

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wordslinger42
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Some recent book purchases!

rubyslippersreads Great picks! 😊 1y
wordslinger42 @rubyslippersreads Thanks! I'm excited to read them all 😊 1y
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ladyonequestion
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A very well written, sympathetic portrait of a woman in a tragic situation. The reader may not always agree with her decisions, but Weir always manages to convey why she made them. It's interesting to see how Anne Bolyn made an impact on her and Jane Seymour appears here too. Really enjoyed this and looking forward to seeing things from Anne's point of view. #HistoricalFiction #Tudor

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ladyonequestion
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Juana (or Joanna) of Castile, Katherine's sister. Known as "The Mad", although she was most likely declared insane so that her father could rule in her stead. Sounds fascinating, I wonder if anyone has written a novel about her? #HistoricalFiction #monarchy #womeninhistory

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The Six Tudor Queen series by Alison Weir is on my 2018 #TBR list! #royalty #ReindeerReads

MayJasper I've seen the burial place of Queen Katherine in Peterborough Cathedral. 2y
spanda84 Wow! 2y
Ubookquitous I love Weir's works - both her histories and her novels 2y
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Leigh0906
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Duncan, and a book, in the dog park- which is sort of nature 😝 #booksinnature #riotgrams

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Leigh0906
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I'm in my hometown (prepping for a job interview ☺️) so I'm short on books and candy- but I am eating these crackers like they're candy, and this La Croix flavor is very candy-ish #riotgrams #booksandcandy

Cinfhen Good luck with the interview💚 2y
ValerieAndBooks Good luck with your interview! 2y
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misslala
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Dontcha just hate when you have to pause on a good book to do stupid sh*t like folding laundry. 😡😠SMH. The adulting just doesn't stop. #laundry #sundays #iwanttoread #toomuchtodo

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks And go buy groceries!!!! Ugh!!!! 😩😩 2y
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misslala
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Tudor history excursion continues. Inspired to dig deeper into England's monarchy. #kathrynofaragon #queen #henryVIII

emmaturi I do love these kinds of historical books! 2y
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Sarah1960
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Hello to my Litsy family. I have been MIA from posting, but have been following you all daily. I need to catch up on some books I have read that got me past my reading slump. This was a great book from the perspective of Katherine and it was a breath of fresh air as so many are focused on Anne Boleyn. However I love all things "Tudor". Although a bit slow in a couple of parts, this author did not disappoint, she never has!

rustoryhuf I read all things Tudor as well. My husband's family is descended from the Howard and Boleyn families. (edited) 2y
Sarah1960 @rustoryhuf That is so very cool!! So reading "Tudor" is like really reading about family. ????? 2y
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SandyY15
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I love historical fiction, especial about British royalty, and this book did not disappoint. It is a long book, and it did drag a bit in the middle, but I totally enjoyed it. Now that I've been introduced to Alison Weir, I am hopeful to have found a favorite author. On to the next book in her Six Tudor Queens series: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession...

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wen4blu
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Taking a 20 hour audiobook on a two hour trip because, ya know, there might be traffic.

AmandaL Sounds right to me. 2y
readinginthedark Interesting! I listened to Philippa Gregory's book on Katherine of Aragon a long time ago but haven't read this one! 2y
Suet624 😂😂 2y
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Birdsong28
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Very good. Enjoyed it although at some points it felt like Alison Weir couldn't quite decide whether it was non-fiction or fiction. Can't wait for the next books in the series. Also love the fact there are mini e-books within this series as well so I'm not waiting as long between the books.

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mihaela
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Very intrigued by this part of history! Looking forward 😄😍

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beccaleigh121
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This is a long book but worth it. I really enjoy Alison Weir.

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originalembot
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This has to be the best book I've ever been bought. I found Katherine to be a likeable person, whose love for her husband and her God remained strong despite all the hardships she faced throughout her time in England. I wouldn't change a thing about this book.

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#history #henryviii #bestgiftever

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originalembot
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New bookmarks!!

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Reading at work. 3 hours of and 8 hour shift down. Getting sleepy. Time for coffee.

#work #coffee #history #hardback

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originalembot
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Reading the copy of Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen which was given to me by me best friend on my new book stand that was given to me by my sister. being spoilt this Christmas.

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LivtheLibrarian
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It took me forever to get through this book as there were parts that seemed to drag on forever! However, I love the historical accuracy Weir took pains to get right. This is the very sad story of a woman who was too pious for her own good. Damn that stubborn Spanish pride!

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A description of my home town in 1501, when Katherine of Aragon first arrived in England.

#plymouth #historicalfiction #history #katherineofaragon

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LivtheLibrarian
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I've always been fascinated with all things Tudor, so naturally I'm so excited about this series. This is how I will always see Katherine of Aragon...

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LadyMcNagel

Slow start so far. If I wanted your nonfiction, Weir, I would have picked it up. p.12

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siriusblack
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This book was amazing. I loved Katherine and all that she stood for. I hated that she had to go thru what she did. I cannot wait for the next in this series. ❤️

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I love reading Alison Weir, I'm a huge fan of her non-fiction, but this kind of fell flat for me. The dialogue was a bit cringe-inducing at times. I feel like her non-fiction work is stronger, but I'm obsessed with Tudor history and I'd try the other books in the series when they come out.

SharonGoforth Good to know. I've been on the fence about this one. 3y
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siriusblack
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I love history and anything related to King Henry Vlll. :) I'm so excited about reading this book! ^_^ #checkoutyourpubliclibrary

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Suetara
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Every time I read a book about Katherine, I wish for a happier ending for her.

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Suetara
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Spending my lunchtime with the Tudors.

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Lissa00
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I think Alison Weir's nonfiction is better written but I enjoyed this book. It's the first of a series following all of Henry VIII's queens which reminds me a lot of all the Jean Plaidy books that I used to read.

Heatherine Loved Jean Plaidy! My love of historical fiction comes from a high school teacher who turned me on to Jean Plaidy. 3y
Gezemice I read a lot of Alison Weir's nonfiction and I loved it. I only read Innocent Traitor from her fiction. It was ok but I prefer her nonfiction, too. 3y
Autumn ❤️ Jean Plaidy! 3y
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Lissa00
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The problem with historical fiction is that you can't change the facts. I keep optimistically hoping that Queen Katherine gives birth to the much wanted son...but of course she doesn't🙄

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Lissa00
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I received this through NetGalley and started reading it on a whim last night. I find Tudor history (fiction and nonfiction) to be a strange sort of comfort read.

KarenaFagan Same! I can't help but want to read about them all the time! Also the Borgias. Hmm. Maybe just an interest in dysfunctional families? Heh 3y
Gezemice Love Alison Weir and the Tudors! 3y
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