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August 2017: Books About Medieval History

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Journey back to the dark ages of barbarians and knights on quests. Take a trip through the kingdoms of the Middle Ages and feast with kings and their serfs.

A Morbid Taste For Bones
Ellis Peters
FIC Pet
Lords, Ladies, Peasants, And Knights: Class In The Middle Ages
Don Nardo
940.1 Nar
Atlas Of Medieval Europe
Donald Matthew
911.4 M43a
Medieval People
Michael Prestwich
940.1 Pre
Barbarians To Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered
Peter S Wells
940.1 Wel
Mysteries Of The Middle Ages
Thomas Cahill
909.07 Cah
Chaucer's England
Diana Childress
942.037 Chi
Revelations Of The Medieval World
Georges Duby
940.1 Rev
Daily Life In Medieval Times
Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
940.1 Gie
The 1400s
Stuart A. Kallen
909.4 Fou
Daily Life In The Middle Ages
Paul B. Newman
940.1 New
The Birth Of The West
Paul Collins
940.144 Col
Dublin Crossing: Romance And Adventure In The Viking Era
Sandy Dengler
FIC Den
The Canterbury Tales
Seymour Chwast, Geoffrey Chaucer
FIC Chw
Empires And Barbarians: The Fall Of Rome And The Birth Of Europe
P. J. Heather
940.1 Hea
The Early Middle Ages: Part 1 Of 2 [Kit]
Philip Daileader, Teaching Company
KIT 940.1 Dai Pt. 1
Europe In The High Middle Ages
William C. Jordan
940.1 Jor
The High Middle Ages: Part 1 Of 2 [Kit]
Philip Daileader, Teaching Company
KIT 940.1 Dai Pt.1
Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery And Ceremony
Madeleine Pelner Cosman
394.12 C82f
The King's Bishop
Candace M Robb
FIC Rob
Food In Medieval Times
Melitta Weiss Adamson
641.3 Ada
The Magician's Death
P. C Doherty
FIC Doh
Forsaken Soul
Priscilla Royal
FIC Roy
The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas
John M. Thompson, National Geographic Society (U.S.)
911.4 Med
God's Battalions: The Case For The Crusades
Rodney Stark
909.07 Sta
The Prince Of Darkness
P. C Doherty
FIC Doh
How The Irish Saved Civilization
Thomas Cahill
941.501 Cah
The Story Of King Arthur And His Knights
Howard Pyle, John F. Plummer
398.2 Pyl 2006
Knights [Large Print]
Linda Lael Miller
LP FIC Mil
The Time Traveler's Guide To Medieval England
Ian Mortimer
942.03 Mor
Legends Of Valor
Brendan Lehane, Time-Life Books
398.22 Leh
What Life Was Like In The Age Of Chivalry
Time-Life Books
940.1 Wha
Life In A Medieval Village
Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
940.17 Gie

Ellis Peters
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Donald Matthew
Call Number: 911.4 M43a
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Peter S Wells
Call Number: 940.1 Wel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Diana Childress
Call Number: 942.037 Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
Description: A Vivid, Detailed Account Of Birth, Marriage, And Death; Food, Clothing, And Housing; Love And Labor, In The Middle Ages
Call Number: 940.1 Gie
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Paul B. Newman
Call Number: 940.1 New
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Sandy Dengler
Call Number: FIC Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
P. J. Heather
Description: "At the start of the first millennium AD, southern and western Europe formed part of the Mediterranean-based Roman Empire, the largest state western Eurasia has ever known, and was set firmly on a trajectory towards towns, writing, mosaics, and central heating. Central, northern and eastern Europe was home to subsistence farmers, living in wooden houses with mud floors, whose largest political units weighed in at no more than a few thousand people. By the year 1000, Mediterranean domination of the European landscape had been destroyed. Instead of one huge Empire facing loosely organized subsistence farmers, Europe - from the Atlantic almost to the Urals - was home to an interacting commonwealth of Christian states, many of which are still with us today. This book tells the story of the transformations which changed western Eurasia forever: of the birth of Europe itself"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.1 Hea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
William C. Jordan
Call Number: 940.1 Jor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Madeleine Pelner Cosman
Call Number: 394.12 C82f
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Melitta Weiss Adamson
Call Number: 641.3 Ada
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Priscilla Royal
Description: The poisoning death of Martin the Cooper is just the start of trouble for Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal as she deals with a host of criminal suspects, a new anchoress who terrifies her servants, and the loyalty of Brother Thomas.
Call Number: FIC Roy
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Rodney Stark
Call Number: 909.07 Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Thomas Cahill
Description: Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become "the isle of saints and scholars"--And thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians. I
Call Number: 941.501 Cah
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Linda Lael Miller
Call Number: LP FIC Mil
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Brendan Lehane, Time-Life Books
Description: An illustrated retelling of the exploits of such famous legendary heroes as Cuchulain, Finn Mac Cumal, Sigurd, and the knights of King Arthur's Round Table.
Call Number: 398.22 Leh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
Call Number: 940.17 Gie
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Don Nardo
Description: Overview of social and gender class systems of medieval Europe.
Call Number: 940.1 Nar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Michael Prestwich
Description: Vivid Lives In A Distant Landscape : From Charlemagne To Piero Della Francesca
Call Number: 940.1 Pre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Thomas Cahill
Description: The Rise Of Feminism, Science, And Art From The Cults Of Catholic Europe
Call Number: 909.07 Cah
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Georges Duby
Call Number: 940.1 Rev
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Stuart A. Kallen
Call Number: 909.4 Fou
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Paul Collins
Description: Rome, Germany, France, And The Creation Of Europe In The Tenth Century
Call Number: 940.144 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Seymour Chwast, Geoffrey Chaucer
Call Number: FIC Chw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Philip Daileader, Teaching Company
Description: Focusing on the seven centuries from 300 to 1000, this course examines the period of European history known as the "Dark Ages." The period is dominated by two empires, the Roman Empire and the Carolingian Empire.
Call Number: KIT 940.1 Dai Pt. 1
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Philip Daileader, Teaching Company
Call Number: KIT 940.1 Dai Pt.1
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Candace M Robb
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
P. C Doherty
Description: Scholars convene at Corfe Castle to crack the code of Roger Bacon's Book of Secrets. When murder and mayhem ensue, Sir Hugh Corbett must thread through a maze of mystery while trying to unlock Bacon's great secrets.
Call Number: FIC Doh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
John M. Thompson, National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Description: This comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500--from the fall of Rome to the age of discovery. Sumptuously illustrated, it features period works of art, fascinating maps, quotes from medieval figures, close-ups of intriguing artifacts, and rich landscape photographs. For every century, a signature city is spotlighted to represent that era's developments, and time lines connect the many dramatic events that took place in these dark and exciting times.
Call Number: 911.4 Med
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
P. C Doherty
Description: "In 1301, peace exists between Edward of England and his archrival Philip IV of France; a peace, diplomats hope, that will be confirmed by a marriage between the young Prince of Wales and Philip's daughter Isabelle. Philip hopes to break the peace with England by discovering some scandal touching the young English heir. With the disturbing death of Lady Eleanor, who is found with her neck broken at the foot of a convent staircase, the Prince's secrets are threatened with exposure. Edward sends Corbett to investigate, and the clerk discovers knots of scandal and deceit that may entangle the English Crown."--Fantasticfiction.com
Call Number: FIC Doh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Howard Pyle, John F. Plummer
Description: Adventures and exploits of King Arthur and his knights at the court of Camelot and elsewhere in the land of the Britons.
Call Number: 398.2 Pyl 2006
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Ian Mortimer
Description: A Handbook For Visitors To The Fourteenth Century
Call Number: 942.03 Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
Time-Life Books
Description: Medieval Europe, AD 800-1500
Call Number: 940.1 Wha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
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September 2017: Out of This World!

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Tired of living on planet Earth? Check out these books set on other planets for a trip that is out of this world.

A Princess Of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
FIC Bur
Red Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson
FIC Rob
Arabella Of Mars
David D. Levine
FIC Lev
Rendezvous With Rama [Audiobook]
Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Ganim, Brilliance Audio
FIC Cla
Black Hole Sun
David Macinnis Gill
YA FIC Gil
Robert Heinlein's Citizen Of The Galaxy
Rob Lazaro, Robert A. Heinlein, Steve Erwin, Eric Gignac
FIC Laz
Coyote
Allen M. Steele
FIC Ste
Saga: 01
Brian K Vaughan, Fonografiks, Eric Stephenson, Fiona Staples
FIC Vau
Darkover First Contact
Marion Zimmer Bradley
FIC Bra
Saturn [Audiobook]
Ben Bova, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki
FIC Bov
Dragonflight
Anne McCaffrey
YA FIC McC
Sun Of Suns
Karl Schroeder
FIC Sch
Dune: The Butlerian Jihad [Audiobook]
Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Brick
FIC Her
The Colour Of Magic [Audiobook]
Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer (narrator)
FIC Pra
Foundation
Isaac Asimov
FIC Asi
The First Chronicles Of Amber
Roger Zelazny
FIC Zel
Grass
Sheri S Tepper
FIC Tep
The Knife Of Never Letting Go [Audiobook]
Patrick Ness, Nick Podehl, Brilliance Audio
YA FIC Nes
Jupiter War
Neal L. Asher
FIC Ash
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress [Audiobook]
Robert A. Heinlein, Lloyd James, Blackstone Audiobooks
FIC Hei
Katya's World
Jonathan L Howard
YA FIC How
These Broken Stars
Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
YA FIC Kau
Life On Mars: Tales From The New Frontier
Jonathan Strahan
YA FIC Lif
Throne Of The Crescent Moon
Saladin Ahmed
FIC Ahm
Lucky Starr And The Moons Of Jupiter ; &, Lucky Starr And The Rings Of Saturn
Isaac Asimov, Paul French
FIC Asi
Titan
John Varley
FIC Var
Mooncop
Tom Gauld
FIC Gau
Venus Of Dreams
Pamela Sargent
FIC Sar
Neptune Crossing
Jeffrey A. Carver
FIC Car
Zodiac
Romina Russell
YA FIC Rus

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
David D. Levine
Description: "Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable. Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England. However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew...if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars." -- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
David Macinnis Gill
Description: On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.
Call Number: YA FIC Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Allen M. Steele
Call Number: FIC Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Description: Darkover landfall: The colony ship from Earth had been on its way to the Coronis colony - a flourishing mining settlement - where crews of engineers and technicians had been working for ten years preparing the planet for settlement and studying its ecology. But disaster had struck. Thrown off course by a gravitational storm, the ship had lost its orientation equipment in the first shock and been forced to locate the nearest star system with a potentially habitable planet and try to land.Two to conquer: After the flaming final days of the Ages of Chaos, when the keeper known as Varzil the Good struggled to bring peace to the warring Hundred Kingdoms through a law called the Compact, there were still those that fought against him for heir own ends.
Call Number: FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Anne McCaffrey
Description: One of the author's early Dragonrider adventures, set on the planet Pern, where deadly "thread" falls from the sky and puts all living creatures at risk. The symbiotic relationship of dragon and rider is the planet's only hope for survival. Dragonflight is the story of Lessa, the last of the noble bloodline of Ruatha Hold. The dragonriders rescue her from servitude while searching for likely candidates to impress the new dragon queen. Lessa is successful at imprinting Ramoth, the new queen, which makes her the leader of the Weyr and the mate of F'lar. As rider of the bronze dragon Mnementh, he is most suitable to lead the on-going struggle against the dreaded thread.
Call Number: YA FIC McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Brick
Call Number: FIC Her
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Isaac Asimov
Description: The Galactic Empire is beginning to die and the ends of the Galaxy are reverting to barbarism. Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists create a colony - the Foundation - to incubate art, science, and technology that would form the nucleus of the Second Empire. Utilizing the science of psychohistory and arranging to bring about a series of crises forcing the Empire to evolve more rapidly, they plot the course along which the Foundation grows.
Call Number: FIC Asi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Sheri S Tepper
Call Number: FIC Tep
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Neal L. Asher
Description: Trapped on the surface of Mars, Saul and his sister Var must find a way to return to Argus Station, but the new base commander, Rhone, stands in their way. Saul wants to pursue his dreams, turning the Argus Station into an interstellar vessel, rebuilding it with weapons, and leaving the solar system. Meanwhile, Alex, the clone of Alessandro Messina, watches those around him change as they become 'chipped' and able to control station robots. Immortality lies within their grasp, yet rebellion is brewing, and Alex's old bloody skills might be required. Injured and dying aboard the Scourge, after its brush with Argus Station's warp field, Captain Scotonis is determined to have his revenge on Serene Galahad for killing his family with the Scour. Clay Ruger, however, is equally as determined to survive. Perhaps the gene bank data aboard can be used to buy a pardon and, perhaps, someone else more murderous that him has chosen their course. Bitter at allowing Saul to escape her grasp, Serene Galahad wreaks her vengeance on her tacticians, but it is not enough and she needs to be where the action is. In the Mars Traveller construction station in Earth orbit Professor Calder is building the ships that might be able to catch Saul, and the weapons to stop him.
Call Number: FIC Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Jonathan L Howard
Description: On the distant ocean planet of Russalka, Katya is primed for her first submarine voyage as a crewmember, but in the depths she will encounter a sleeping monster that has the capability of killing everyone.
Call Number: YA FIC How
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Jonathan Strahan
Description: A collection of twelve original stories that explore the possibility of being able to travel to and live on Mars.
Call Number: YA FIC Lif
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Isaac Asimov, Paul French
Description: Lucky Starr and the moons of Jupiter: Beneath the surface of a Jupiter moon lies a scientific complex working on a secret project code-named Agrav. If successful, Agrav will give Earth the overwhelming advantage in space travel over its rival, the Sirian empire. Yet somewhere on Jupiter Nine is an alien spy: a scientist, a technician or something not quite human. And only Lucky Starr can find the spy and avert all-out war.Lucky Starr and the rings of Saturn: Sirius has invaded the solar system and established a forward outpost on the Saturnian moon Titan. Relying on an army of robots, the Sirian empire hopes to humiliate the Terrestrials and to turn opinion and the military might of the galaxy against Earth. But Lucky has a dangerous plan that begins with his surrender on Titan and may end with his agonizing death.
Call Number: FIC Asi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Tom Gauld
Call Number: FIC Gau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Jeffrey A. Carver
Description: Survey pilot John Bandicut is ready for the worst when he sets out across the surface of Triton, his head spinning with silence fugue. But no way is he ready for the alien presence that is about to invade his mind, or for the winds of chaos set to blow through his life. It is humanity's first contact with an alien presence--and Bandicut can tell no one about the disembodied quarx that has taken up residence in his mind. The quarx, part of an eons-old interstellar civilization that uses advanced chaos theory to predict catastrophic events, seeks to prevent a cometary collision that threatens the Earth. But it must have help--and Bandicut must trust the alien, knowing that humanity's very existence may be at stake. He must break all the rules, and sacrifice everything he holds dear, to prevent a cataclysm that would destroy an unsuspecting humanity.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Kim Stanley Robinson
Description: For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren, desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate, Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. John Boon, Maya Toitovna, Frank Chambers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is to give Mars an Earthlike atmosphere. They will place giant satelite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planet's surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivlries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces-for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Ganim, Brilliance Audio
Description: In the 22nd century, a group of human explorers attempt to unlock the mysteries of a fifty-kilometer-long cylindrical alien starship that has entered Earth's solar system.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Rob Lazaro, Robert A. Heinlein, Steve Erwin, Eric Gignac
Description: "Just outside our galaxy the atrocities of slavery thrive, and young Thornby is just another orphaned boy sold at auction. But when he crosses paths with a mysterious crippled beggar, his destiny is forever changed"--Page 4 of cover.
Call Number: FIC Laz
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Brian K Vaughan, Fonografiks, Eric Stephenson, Fiona Staples
Description: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
Call Number: FIC Vau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 21, 2016
Ben Bova, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki
Call Number: FIC Bov
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Karl Schroeder
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer (narrator)
Description: The inept wizard Rincewind finds himself the reluctant escort of the Discworld's first tourist, Twoflower, and his psychopathic Luggage.
Call Number: FIC Pra
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Roger Zelazny
Call Number: FIC Zel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Patrick Ness, Nick Podehl, Brilliance Audio
Description: Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee, whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not, stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden.
Call Number: YA FIC Nes
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Robert A. Heinlein, Lloyd James, Blackstone Audiobooks
Description: When the lunar penal colony revolts against its Earth-based overseers, a technician, a young woman, and a scientist rely on a supercomputer's assistance in maintaining the moon's independence. However, the computer's creator might just have his own agenda.
Call Number: FIC Hei
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Description: Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.
Call Number: YA FIC Kau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Saladin Ahmed
Description: The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron- fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.
Call Number: FIC Ahm
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
John Varley
Call Number: FIC Var
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Pamela Sargent
Call Number: FIC Sar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
Romina Russell
Description: When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens, Rhoma Grace, a sixteen-year-old student from House Cancer, must convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac against Ophiuchus, the exiled thirteenth Guardian of Zodiac legend, who has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy.
Call Number: YA FIC Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2017
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