Newly received History books: Frederick III of Sicily, early modern Naples, Mussilini’s Italy, Matteo

After a German and then a French week of selected books, here is an Italian selection of history books spanning the medieval period right to the late 20th century.

Hamel, Pasquale, Il lungo regno : vita avventurosa di Federico III, re di Sicilia (Soveria Mannelli : Rubbettino, 2014)

D’Avenia, Fabrizio, La Chiesa del re : monarchia e papato nella Sicilia spagnola (secc. XVI-XVII) (Roma : Carocci editore, 2014)

Brancaccio, Giovanni ; Musi, Aurelio, Il Regno di Napoli nell’età di Filippo IV (1621-1665) (Milano : Guerini e associati, 2014)

Da Molin, Giovanna, Storia sociale dell’Italia moderna (Brescia: Editrice La scuola, 2014)

Morena, Antonio, Mussolini’s decennale : aura and mythmaking in fascist Italy (Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2015)

Pasquino, Gianfranco; Venturino, Fulvio, Il Partito democratico secondo Matteo (Bologna : Bononia University Press, 2014)

New History books 7 Sept 2016There is more!

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Trial until 6 Dec: Torrossa – scholarly e-books in Romance languages

Torrossa logoOxford is currently trialling Torrossa, a scholarly e-book platform developed by Casalini. All records are available in SOLO, and the platform can also be accessed directly via OxLIP+.

A wide range of subjects is covered, with over 180 Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese publishers contributing titles in the fields of history but also language and literature, linguistics, art and architecture, film studies, law, philosophy, theology and cultural studies. The trial gives us access to approximately 4,750 titles. Whilst titles in Italian and Spanish make up the majority, there are also smaller collections in English, French and German.

The trial features selections from Casalini’s multi-publisher collections Edición Española Online and Editoria Italiana Online, as well as single-publisher collections from Arco Libros, Editorial CSIC, Iberoamericana Verveurt, Casa de Velázquez, Bulzoni, Leo S. Olschki and Fabrizio Serra Editore to name just a few.

To be able to access e-books on the Torrossa platform, please make sure your Internet browser is set to allow pop-ups. You may need to configure your browser settings to make sure that Adobe Reader is enabled to open PDF documents as specified in the configuration notes. > Torrossa : browser configuration notes (.pdf)

To familiarise yourself with the platform, please take a look at the introductory presentation below, or simply have a browse! > Introduction to Torrossa scholarly ebooks (.pptx)

The trial runs until 6th December 2014. Please leave any feedback on the History Eresources desiderata LibGuide or email

Related links:

Knowing your EBL from your ebrary: guide to ebooks

New: ARTFL – French texts online

Cherchez-vous les sources littéraires et historiques? Voici une solution.

Oxford users have access ARTFL is an indispensable collection of electronic resources for researchers in French Language and Literature, spanning medieval to 19th century, which are also useful for historians. It includes some Italian texts too.

Here is the content:ARTFL

  • FRANTEXT: comprising 3,558 French texts from the 12th to the 20th centuries
  • French Women Writers, over 100 works by French women authors from the 16th to the 19th century.
  • Provençal Poetry, 38 collections of texts from the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Textes de Français Ancien (TFA), 103 works from the 12th through 15th century.
  • The Journal de Trévoux, ou Mémoires pour l’Histoire des Sciences & des Beaux-Arts. 109 volumes, 1751-1758.
  • Pierre Bayle, Dictionnaire historique et critique (5th Edition, 1740).
  • Louis Moréri, Le Grand dictionnaire historique, ou le Mélange curieux de l’Histoire sacrée et profane, etc. (1759).
  • Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI) Database, 1,960 vernacular texts dated prior to 1375, including Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio
  • many lesser-known texts

Searching is a little basic so do make use of the index search options. Access is via SOLO or OxLIP+.

Looking for more French texts online? Oxford users have access to the following:

Corpus de Littérature Médiévale des origines a la fin du 15e siècle

Dictionnaires des XVIe et XVIIe siècles

Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers, L’

Géographies du Monde, Les

Textes de la Renaissance

Bibliothèque de la Renaissance