Thursday, 27 October 2016

Portuguese Royalty's Lovers & Mistresses

Afonso I de Portugal
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Afonso I de Portugal.
King of Portugal 1139-1185
Count of Portugal 1112-1139.
Don Afonso Henriques.
Alfonso th eConqueror
(Afonso O Conquistador)
Alfonso the Founder
(Afonso O Fundador)
Alfonso the Great
(Afonso O Grande)
(the Portuguese)
(Son of Henry).

Son of:
Henri de Bourgogne
Count of Portugal
& Teresa de Leon
Countess of Portugal.

Husband of:
Mafalda di Savoia.

His lover was:
1) Elvira Gualtier.
Afonso II de Portugal
Afonso II de Portugal.
King of Portugal, 1211-1223.
Alfonso the Far
(Afonso do Gordo).

Son of:
Sancho I de Portugal
& Dulce de Aragon.

Husband of:
Urraca de Castilla

His lover was:
a.k.a. Mor Afonso.
Daughter of the Mozarab (Iberian Christians living under Muslim domination) governor of Faro, Aloandro Ben Bekar who was of Jewish descent from the House of King David. Their daughter Margarita married Jean II, count of Neufchâtel (1414-1489), and their issue propagated throughout Europe. [Fam1]
File:King Afonso III of Portugal (1248-1279).jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Afonso III de Portugal
Afonso III de Portugal(1210-1279)
King of Portugal 1248.
a.k.a. Afonso the Restorer.

Son of: Afonso II de Portugal & Urraca de Castilla
Husband of:
2. Brites de Castilla

His lovers were:

1) Elvira Estevez.
Natural offspring:
1. Leonor Affonsa (d.1302)

2) Magdalena Gil Muniz.

Natural offspring:
1. Affonso de Portugal
2. Martim Affonso Chicorro

3) Mariana Pirez de Enxara.

Natural offspring:
1. Fernando Affonso de Portugal
2. Affonso Diniz de Portugal, Senhor de Pouca (d.1310) mar 1278 Maria Paes Ribeiro de Sousa, Senhorina de Sousa

4) Mourana Gib.
"Charlotte was small and thin and has been described as having African features by contemporaries. Baron Stockmar, her physician, is recorded as saying that she had 'true mulatto features.' The new Queen had Moorish blood in her lineage, being descended a number of times from the thirteenth century monarch, Alfonso III of Portugal and his mistress, Mourana Gib, described as being an African."  (English Monarchs)

His lovers were:

1) Aldonça Rodrigues de Telha.

2) Aldonça Sanchez de Sousa.

3) Gracia Anes.

4) Gracia Froes
Senhora de Ribeyra.

5) Maria Pires.

6) Marinha Gomes.
[Fam1] [Gen1]
Ferñao I de Portugal
by Pedro Perret, 1603
@ Biblioteca Digital Hispanica
King of Portugal & the Algarve 1367.
Fernando o Formoso
Fernando o Belo
Ferdinand the Handsome
Ferdinand the Inconstant.

Son of:

Husband of:
Leonor Telles de Meneses
daughter of
Martim Afonso Telo de Meneses.
" . . . King Ferdinand saw and fell passionately in love with Donna Leonor Telles de Menezes, daughter of a nobleman in the Tras-os-Montes, and wife of Joao Lourenco da Cunha, Lord of Pombeiro. This passion was the king's ruin, for the object of it was a sort of Portuguese Lucrezia Borgia, of whom horrible stories are told, which historical research has unfortunately shown to be only too well founded. At this very period, when she first met the king, she made no attempt to repulse his advances, though she was a married woman, and she bore an undying feeling of revenge against her sister, Donna Maria Telles, for her attempts to repulse the amorous monarch. In spite of her sister's efforts, Donna Leonor managed to captivate the king, who, in his infatuation for her, and in compliance with the dictates of her ambition, refused to marry the daughter of Henry II of Castile. . . ." (The Story of Portugal: 101-102)

The queen's wealth and power: " . . . Her wealth was great, for the king had in his infatuation granted her for her own use the lordship of many of the most important cities belonging to the Crown, including Villa Vicosa, Abrantes, Almada, Cintra, Saccavem, Alemquer, Obidos, Torres Vedras, and Pinhel, and she had obtained great estates for her brothers, of whom the elder, Joao Affonso Telles de Menezes, became Count of Barcellos, and the younger, Gonçalo, Count of Neiva. Her former husband, Joao Lourenço da Cunha, tried to revenge himself for the loss of his wife by attempting to poison the king; she at once had his lands confiscated, and ordered his execution. which he only escaped by a timely flight into Gallicia (sic). . . ." (The Story of Portugal: 105)

" . . . Donna Leonor had not even the merit of being constant to her uxurious spouse, but carried on an open intrigue with Joao Fernandes Andeiro, the former ambassador to England, whom she persuaded the king to make Count of Ourem. . . ." (The Story of Portugal: 105)

His lover was:
Unnamed mistress.
Natural offspring:
Isabel de Portugal
Alfonso Enriquez de Castilla
Conde de Giron & Noroña

Joao I de Portugal
Joao I de Portugal.
King of Portugal 1385-1433.
John the Good
(Joao do Bom).

Son of:
Pedro I de Portugal
& Teresa Lourenco.

Husband of:
Philippa of Lancaster, Queen consort of Portugal 1360 - 1415 Daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, married to John I of Portugal. 16th GGAunt
Philippa of Lancaster.

His lovers were:

1) Elvira Gualtar.

2) Inez Perez Esteves.

3) Teresa Leonor Tavora e Lorena.
Joao II de Portugal
King of Portugal 1481
a.k.a. Joao the Perfect Prince.
Joao II de Portugal
by Portuguese School, 1500s
His lovers were:
1) Ana de Mendonca.
Ana Hurtado de Mendoza
Ana de Mendoza
"Prince Afonso was the only legitimate son that Joao II had by Queen Leonor but he had also fathered an illegitimate son, named Jorge, by his mistress Ana de Mendonca.  Following the death of Prince Afonso, Joao II ordered that his illegitimate son Jorge be brought to the court with the clear intention of making him his heir.  In the eyes of the Portuguese monarch, Jorge's illegitimacy was 
not an insurmountable obstacle... To strengthen the position of his bastard son, the young Jorge was made master of the powerful and wealthy military orders of Santiago and Avis in 1492; both pf these positions had previously been held by the defunct Prince Afonso....    (Soyer, 2007, p. 143)

She was the daughter of a knight of Santiago named Furtado de Mendonca and of Leonor da Silva, a descendant of Afonso III of Portugal.

2) Brites Anes.
Joao V de Portugal
by Pompeo Batoni, 18th century

@ Ajuda National Palace
King of Portugal 1706
Joao the Magnanimous
Joao the Magnificent
Joao the Portuguese Sun King.

His lovers were:
1) Luisa Clara de Portugal.

2) Luisa Ines Antonia Machado Monteiro.

3) Maddalena Maxima de Miranda.

4) Paula Tereza da Silva.
Palácio Galveias 9011.jpg
Jose I de Portugal
by Joao Carvalho
Jose I de Portugal.

His lover was:
Teresa Leonor Tavora e Lorena
Marqueza de Tavora.
Wife of:
4th Marques de Tavora
mar 1742.
" The Tavora affair was an eighteenth-century Portuguese power struggle between King Joseph I of Portugal, his prime minister, Sebastiao de Melo, and the country's nobility. The events followed a massive earthquake in Lisbon in November 1755, when the king and his family were forced into a community of barracks and tents following the destruction of the royal palace. The royal family was surrounded by their servants, advisers and nobility. The old aristocrats and the prime minister were arch-enemies and the king was in the middle of many of the disagreements. . . The king's favourite mistress was Teresa Leonor, wife of Luis Bernardo. He was heir of the powerful and influential Tavora family, well-connected and politically active. One night in September 1758, Joseph I was returning from an evening of fun and frolics with his mistress in a plain, unmarked carriage, when he was attacked by armed me and shot, but not fatally. The king and his driver made it back to the tented community. . . Two men were hanged for the attack on the king but de Melo claimed the men confessed that they had been following orders of the Tavora family. De Melo claimed that he had learnt how the Tavora family were planning to put the Duke of Aveiro on the throne. The Marchioness Leonor of Tavora, her husband and several generations of their extended family were thrown in jail. They were accused of being linked to the attempted regicide of King Joseph I. In 1759, most of the family were put to death, burnt at the stake or decapitated. Some were tortured publicly first by having their arms and legs broken. It was a screaming, bloody and cruel scene of suffering, witnessed by the king. Some reports suggest that his advisers and servants were horrified and mystified by the extremity of the executions. No doubt they were too scared to protest." (A History of Political Scandals: Sex, Sleaze & Spin: 107)

" . . . One of these aristocratic factions was led by Dom José de Mascarenhas, Duke of Aveiro; another was headed by the Duke's brother-in-law, Dom Francisco de Assisi, Marquis of Távora. Távora’s wife, the Marchioness Dona Leonor, a leader of Portuguese society, was a fervent disciple and frequent visitor of Father Malagrida. Her oldest son, Dom Luís Bernardo, the 'younger Marquis' of Távora, was married to his own aunt. When Luis went off to India as a soldier, this lovely and beautiful 'younger Marchioness' became the mistress of Joseph I; this too the Aveiros and the Távoras never forgave. They heartily agreed with the Jesuits that should Pombal be removed the situation would be eased." (paulo, 2006, August 16)

"In September 1758, there was an assassination attempt on King Joseph I.  He received a wound in the arm as he was riding home from a liaison with his favorite mistress, Teresa Leonor, wife of Luis Bernardo, heir of the Tavora family.  (Bauer, 2010, p. 110
Leonor Telles de Menezes
Queen of Portugal
Queen Regent of Portugal, 1383-1385
Daughter of:
Martim Afonso Teles de Menezes.
Wife of:
1. Dom Joao Lourenco da Cunha
2nd Senhor de Pombeiro
mar 1371.
Her lover was:
Ficheiro:Morte do Conde Andeiro.jpg
The Death of the Conde de Andeiro
by Jose de Sousa Azevedo, c1860
Joao Fernandes Andeiro
2nd Conde de Ourem.
Spanish aristocrat.
Lover in 1383.
"Meanwhile, through the medium of Joao Fernandes Andeiro, a Galician knight, Fernando had been negotiating with John of Gaunt, who now laid claim to Castile, and concluded an Anglo-Portuguese alliance with his representative at Sao Salvador de Tagilde . . . in July 1372. This was ratified in London in June the following year... During these protracted negotiations, Andeiro had taken advantage of temporary propinquity to make the queen, Dona Leonor, his mistress. . . . "  (Robertson, 2002, p. 56)

Personal and Family Background: " . . . Joao Lourenco da Cunha Martim, . . . was the first husband of Leonor Teles and...was forced into exile in the 1370s.  Some indications relate him to the Infante Joao, the brother of the king and the son of Ines de Castro, in whose close circle he seems to have been.  Joao Lourenco, with other members of the court, was accused by Fernando of attempting to poison him 'com peconha' following the marriage to Leonor Teles, and lost his possessions some years later, but it is impossible to put a precise date on these troubled events which suggest his connection to the royal court.  In 1384, Joao Mourenco da Cunha was, according to Fernao Lopes, in the service of the rebel Master of Aviz at the order of the Infante Joao, his lord, and was accompanied by his son, Alvaro da Cunha (or Alvare de Sousa)."  (Gomes, 2003, p. 100)

" . . . Among the Galicians, there is Joao Fernandes Andeiro, an adventurer and agent of Richard II of England during the 1370s who, in Portugal, became Count of Ourem and mordomo of the infante heir in the following decade. . . . " (Gomes, 2003, pp. 122-123)

"Andeiro first appeared at court as proctor for John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, when, after his marriage to the heiress of the murdered Pedro of Castile, the Plantagenet prince assumed the style of King of Castile and Leon and started negotiating treaties with Portugal and Aragon. . . In Portugal Joao Fernandes Andeiro so improved on his position as English diplomat and the queen's bedfellow that before long he was managing not only the queen's affairs but the king's. Fernando's complacent cuckoldry rankled with his subjects, particularly with the energetic citizenry of the seaport towns. In defiance of scandal Fernando ennobled Andeiro and bestowed on him the rich county of Ourem. . . There was something strange about Fernando. It may be that he was impotent. Rumors began to fly about that the queen had a lover, another Galician, named Joao Fernandes Andeiro. Fernando ensconced Andeiro in one of the royal palaces. He was generally thought to be the father of the royal children." (The Portugal Story: Three Centuries of Exploration and Discovery: n.p.)

"In economic matters Fernando was a farsighted administrator, but when he dealt with foreign affairs he became weirdly lightheaded. He fell under the spell of a Galician noblewoman named Leonor Telles de Meneses.  To marry her he jilted a Castilian princess, thereby setting off a train of diplomatic and military reverses. . . There was something strange about Fernando. It may be that he was impotent. Rumors began to fly about that the queen had a lover, another Galician, named Joao Fernandes Andeiro. Fernando ensconced Andeiro in one of the royal palaces. He was generally thought to be the father of the royal children.(Dos Passos, n.p.)

"Leonor's sister, Dona Maria Telles de Menezes, was a lady-in-waiting to the Infanta Beatrice, daughter of Peter I of Portugal and Inês de Castro. While visiting her sister Maria at court, Leonor had the privilege of attending Beatrice's marriage to Sancho, Count of Alburquerque. There, Leonor met Beatrice's elder half-brother, the Infante Ferdinand, heir to the Portuguese throne, who fell passionately in love with her and proceeded to seduce her, in spite of his promise to marry Eleanor, daughter of Henry II of Castile. Leonor did nothing to resist Ferdinand's advances and lashed out at her sister Maria for her attempts to prevent the affair from developing."  (Wikipedia)

"On the death of the weak and unworthy Ferdinand who had rendered himself extremely unpopular by his marriage with a wicked and ambitious woman D. Leonore Telles de Menezes, whom he had compelled to be divorced from her husband Joao Louranco da Cunha, great dissentions (sic) arose about the right of succession, as the Portuguese were unwilling to admit the claim of D. Brites, his only daughter, because she had married a foreign Prince, the King of Castile. The undisguised licentiousness of the Queen dowager and her paramour Joao Fernandes Andeiro, Conde de Ourem, created general disgust."  (de Camoes, 1880, p. 431)

"Leonora, the infamous and adulterous spouse of Fernando, regarded all his brothers with suspicion and hatred, but more especially Don Joao, the Grand Master of Aviz, whose life she more than once ineffectually attempted.  The others she succeeded in banishing from the court, whence they took refuge in Castile.  To her other crimes she now added infidelity to her husband, her paramour being Fernando Andeiro, a Castillan subject, but a favourite of the king... He [Fernando] had at length become aware of the guilt of the infamous queen, but not having the courage to remove her paramour fromj the court, he called to his aid his illegitimate brother Joao, the Grand Master of Aviz, with whom he resolved upon Andeiro's death, but before this could be effected the king fell ill and died, on the 22nd of October, 1383.  Leonora forthwith assumed the position of Regent. . . ." (Major, 1877, p. 7)

" . . . Juan Fernandez Andeiro had been kept hidden at the court at Estremoz by king Fernando for political reasons. Fernao Lopes related that there were suspicions of the relationship between queen Leonor and Andeiro, and that while Fernando was away there happened two events similar to those that occurred between Sir Gawain and the lady of Hautdesert in the third temptation scene while Bertilac is away. Only the order of events is rearranged, first Leonor gave Andeiro a veil, but in return he asked for a more intimate garment ('kept more about her person': a girdle) then she gave him a gold ring with a big red stone which she insisted was very costly. Andeiro was very reluctant to accept the ring, but she insisted on his taking it. Joao of Avis was a witness of this and regarded it as a very unseemly exchange. . . ." (The Ring and Girdle Scenario)

Benefits: "In Portugal Joao Fernandes Andeiro so improved on his position as English diplomat and the queen's bedfellow that before long he was managing not only the queen's affairs but the king's. Fernando's complacent cuckoldry rankled with his subjects, particularly with the energetic citizenry of the seaport towns. In defiance of scandal Fernando ennobled Andeiro and bestowed on him the rich county of Ourem." (The Portugal Story: Three Centuries of Exploration and Discovery: n.p.)

Natural Offspring: "He [Fernando I] was handsome. He had mistresses. He chose as his queen Leonor Teles, a Spanish lady of lower degree than nobility; she was the mother of two children, but he boasted that he had found her a virgin. Although she had issue after their marriage, contemporaries believed that Fernando might not be the father of either of them or of his mistress's children. With great secrecy he had installed in one of his palaces a Spaniard, Joao Fernandes Andeiro, whom he used as a diplomatic agent to the English. But it was not secret that Andeiro cuckolded the King, and he was commonly supposed to be the father of Beatriz, the heir to the throne. The King ennobled Andeiro. For his diplomatic services?" (Prelude to Empire: Portugal Overseas Before Henry the Navigator: 63)
Manoel II de Portugal.
King of Portugal 1908-1910
Manuel de Braganca Saxe-Coburg & Gotha
Son of:
Carlos I de Portugal
& Marie-Amelie d'Orleans.
Manuel II, King of Portugal. 1909:
Manuel II of Potugal, 1909
@ Pinterest
His lover was:
Gaby Deslys
Gaby Deslys
French dancer and actress.
a.k.a. born Hadwiga Nawrati
the Uncrowned Queen of Portugal.
Daughter of:
Hippolyte M Victor Caire
& Annie Eudoxie Terras.
Actress Gaby Deslys:
Getty Deslys
by Henry Guttman
@ Getty Images
Lover in 1909-1912.
Gaby's brief bio: "Gaby Deslys (4 November 1881 - 11 February 1920) was a dancer, singer, and actress of the early 20th century from Marseilles, France. She selected her name for her stage career. It is an abbreviation of Gabrielle of the Lilies. During the 1910s she was exceedingly popular worldwide, making $4,000 a week in the United States alone, During the 1910s she performed several times on Broadway, at the Winter Garden Theater, and performed in a show with a young Al Jolson. Her dancing was so popular that The Gaby Glide was named for her. Renowned for her beauty she was courted by several wealthy gentlemen including King Manuel II of Portugal. She eventually made the leap to silent films, making her only US film Her Triumph with Famous Players Lasky in 1815. She would make a handful of films in France before her death. In 1919 she contracted influenza and underwent several operations trying to cure a throat infection caused by the disease. She died from complications of her infection in Paris in 1920 at the age of 38." (Gaby Deslys @ LiquiSearch)

First encounter: "Deslys celebrity rose following newspaper stories which gossiped about King Manuel's infatuation with her. During a visit to Paris in July 1909, Deslys met the King and immediately began a relationship with him [6] that would last until the end of Manuel II's reign." (Wikipedia)

"'I first met the king 15 months ago in Paris, where I was dancing. He was brought behind the scenes and introduced to me after the performance. It was love at first sight and I became his mistress. The love I bore him and the love he bore me justified it in our eyes. After that first meeting we met frequently. He came repeatedly to Paris to visit me. We were always happy together in those days." (Pittsburgh Press)

No disgrace in being a royal mistress: " . . . I know no disgrace in being the mistress of a king, but I would consider it everlasting disgrace to advertise our relationship, glorified as it was by a love which even court and conventionality could not throttle. . . Yes, I was Manuel's mistress,' she proudly told your correspondent. 'But I did not make capital out of my relations with Manuel. The fact is, I have kept a quiet reserve. Recently, in Paris, the Variety Theater offered me a huge salary to appear billed as Manuel's mistress. I refused indignantly. The same theater then produced a sketch wherein the king and myself were the two principal figures. I cannot be blamed for that. I never asked the papers to call me the 'uncrowned queen of Portugal.'" (The Pittsburgh Press)

Anything but a discreet affair: "It was thought that after this first meeting the King sent Deslys a pearl necklace worth $70,000. Their relationship was anything but discreet (she would arrive before night at the Palácio das Necessidades and would pass through Portugal unnoticed); abroad, meanwhile, they were on the front pages of newspapers in Europe and North America, especially after he was deposed in 1910. In public interviews, usually on trips, Deslys never negated the obvious, but always refused to comment on her relationship with the deposed King. After his exile, they would continue to meet, especially while she had stage engagements in London. When Deslys moved to New York, in the summer of 1911, their relationship cooled off; Deslys became involved with a fellow stage actor Harry Pilcer, and Manuel married in 1913. Despite this Deslys maintained her contacts with the ex-King's personal secretary, the Marquês of Lavradio." (Wikipedia). References: [Ref1]

References for Manuel II of Portugal.
D. Manuel II @ Bucaco
Dom Manuel II @ Sylmpedia
Gaby Deslys @ Gimrack Hospital: Where the Nurses are Pretty and the Doctors are Pissed
Gaby Deslys, 1881-1920: Material Girl @ A History Blog
Marie-Francoise de Savoie-Nemours
Rainha de Portugal
Her lover was:
Pedro II de Portugal

"If both Nemours princesses seemed settled, problems emerged almost immediately in Lisbon, for within the year Alfonso VI proved himself so mentally unstable that he was placed under restraint, and power was vested in his younger brother, Pedro.  A solution had to be found for the additional complication that Queen Maria Francisca Isabel and the new Prince-regent had become lovers.  Their relationship, which infringed ecclesiastical law, needed regularisation to ensure legitimacy of amy child born to the union...."  (Orr, 2004, p. 23).
Pedro I de Portugal
Pedro I de Portugal.
His lovers were:
Ines de Castro
Lady-in-waiting to Queen Costanza.
Ines Perez de Castro
Inez de Castro.
Daughter of:
Pedro Fernandes de Castro
Portuguese aristocrat.

Ines de Castro's personal & family background: "Inez de Castro, who was descended from the royal line of Castile, became the first mistress of Pedro, son of Alphonso IV, king of Portugal, and after the death of his wife Constance, in 1344, he married her...."  (Hale, p. 89)

2) Teresa Lourenco.
a.k.a. Tareija Lourenco.
"...The king employed all means to appease his son, and divert his thoughts from the murdered Inez.  Her assassins he sent out of the country to secure them from future revenge, and trusted that the hapless wife was forgotten, when the widower formed an illicit connexion with a Galician lady named Theresa Lourenco.  The lovers of romance maintain that Don Pedro took this mistress solely to avert his father's importunity for his marrying again.  But without giving him perfect credit for a fidelity so strangely proved, his subsequent conduct showed that Inez was anything but forgotten."  (Busk, 1833, p. 53)

References for Pedro I of Portugal.
Ines de Castro: The Queen Who was Crowned After Death @ The Royal Articles
The Mistresses who would be Queen @ The Historical Novel

Sancho I de Portugal.
King of Portugal 1185
Sancho I Martino
Sancho the Popular.

His lovers were:
1) Maria Ayres de Fornelos
Señora de Villanova.
a.k.a. Maria Aires de Fornelos
Daughter of:
Don Ayres Nuñez de Fornoles & 
Dona Mayor Perez. 
Wife of:
Don Gil Vasquez de Soverosa
Natural Offspring:
a) Martim Sanches de Portugal
Conde de Trastamara
married Eulalia Perez de Castro.
b) Urraca Sanches
[Ref1] [Gen1]

2) Maria Paez de Ribeira.
Senhora de Villa del Conde.
File:D. Urraca, Rainha de Leão - The Portuguese Genealogy (Genealogia dos Reis de Portugal).png
Urraca de Portugal
@ Genealogia dos Reis de Portugal, 1530/34.

Urraca de Portugal.
Daughter of:
Afonso I Henriques de Portugal
Matilda di Savoia.
Her lover was:
"The regency of Donna Theresa was marked by many struggles, the history of which it is now difficult to trace, but throughout them all, the growing unity of Portugal can be perceived. She took a keen interest in the politics of Gallicia, for she hoped to extend her frontiers to the north, and in 1116 she led her forces in person to the assistance of Diogo Gelmires, Bishop of Santiago da Campostella, and the Count de Trava, who had headed a rising, intended to depose Queen Urraca, and to place her young som Alfonso Raimundes at once upon the throne of Gallicia. In this war, Theresa took the towns of Tuy and Orense, and the warrior countess met, in the course of it for the first time, the young hidalgo, Don Fernando Peres de Trava, with whom she fell passionately in love, and whose history was for the future to be lined with hers In 1117 the Moors, under their caliph Ali in person, invaded her dominions, and besieged her in Coimbra, but she succeeded in beating them off, and spent the following years in peace and quiet, in the constant company of her lover, whom she made governor of Coimbra and Oporto, and Count of Trastamare (sic); while to his elder brother, Bermudo Peres de Trava, she gave the hand of her second daughter by Count Henry, the Donna Urraca, and the governorship of Viseu." (The Story of Portugal: 28-29)
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