Venice
Late Summer, 1634
 

Cosimo van Castre shielded himself as well as he could from the unseasonably cold wind raising ripples on the canal. He declined to even look up at the gray and foreboding sky. It was a godsend to be in among the city's buildings and not out on the open lagoon. It was equally a godsend that he had the good Dutch coat and hat that had served him . . .

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