He got as far as Candia the first night out (the 5th), then "lay at Vigevano on the second night from Casale", i.e., the 6th, and the miracle of the dogs was "on the morrow" [Chapter 2.I].

Gian Maria's lust for hunting humans with dogs, his persecution of the Pusterla, and even the name of his dog handler, Squarcia Giramo, are all matters of historical record.

Upon first entering Milan, Bellarion sees the spire of the church of Saint Gotthard, presumbaly the patron saint of a certain class of email spammers.