Portsmouth

Portsmouth is an island city brimming with maritime history. In Tom’s day, Portsmouth was much smaller than it is today, and was a walled town. Sections of the wall, including massive stone towers, exist to this day and can be Read More …

Venice

In the novel, Tom’s journey takes him to Venice, where he and his companion, Edward Hamilton, seek to find the Mantuan Ambassador. Venice is one of the most photogenic cities on earth. Here are a couple of my own. The Read More …

Malta (Valletta)

The small island nation of Malta is situated at a vital maritime position in the Mediterranean, between North Africa and southern Europe, and has been fought over for thousands of years. In 1530, Malta was gifted by the King of Read More …

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight, Tom’s boyhood home, lies a short distance off the south coast of mainland England and is shaped like a rough diamond. It measures around 23 miles across from east to west at its widest point, and about Read More …

Can you crack the code?

During his travels, Tom is given a cipher (code). You can see it pictured alongside. The cipher was thought to contain vital information belonging to agents of the French state: information so important that several men lost their lives as Read More …