Droz online: trial access to the series Textes Littéraires Français, Humanisme et Renaissance, and Calvin

Librairie Droz is a Francophone academic publisher founded by Eugénie Droz in Geneva in 1924. It specialises in Medieval and Renaissance studies, literary criticism, art history, history of the book, and social sciences (in particular economic history). Cambridge University Library has a number of standing orders to its print collections, such as Bibliothèque des Lumières, Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes, Diderot studies, Hautes études du monde gréco-romain, Hautes études médiévales et modernes, Hautes études orientales, Histoire des idées et critique littéraire, Publications romanes et françaises, Seuils de la modernité or Travaux du Grand Siècle. We are starting a one-month trial to its three series available as ebooks: Textes Littéraires Français; Humanisme et Renaissance; and the Calvin database.

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Textes Littéraires Français

Textes Litteraires Francais started in 1945 as a collection devoted to the critical editions of significant French language literary texts from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. It includes c. 700 works of prose, poetry and theatre, as well as correspondence and essays. Here are a few examples.

  • Medieval: Recueil de farces; Mystères; Chrétien de Troyes; prose Lancelot, Tristan en prose, Roman de Perceforest; Marco Polo, Christine de Pisan, Alain, Chartier, Jean Froissart, François Villon.
  • Renaissance: Agrippa d’Aubigné, Guillaume du Bartas, Joachim du Bellay, Etienne de La Boétie, Pierre de L’Estoile, Marguerite de Navarre, Pierre de Ronsard.
  • 17th century: Pierre Corneille, Philippe Desportes, Mme de la Fayette, Tristan l’Hermite, Jean Racine.
  • 18th century: Diderot, Montesquieu, l’abbé Prévost, Voltaire.
  • 19th century: Balzac, Chateaubriand, Flaubert, Hugo, Rimbaud, Mme de Staël, Verlaine.
  • 20th century: Saint-Exupéry, André Gide, Max Jacob.

Humanisme et Renaissance

Founded in 1950, the series Humanisme et Renaissance includes more than 550 titles. It is a most important collection in the world of sources and studies on Humanism (Poliziano, Ficino, Erasmus, Budé…), the French Reformation (Lefèvre d’Etaple, Calvin, Théodore de Bèze, Farel, Beza…), and the Renaissance (Hieronymus Bosch, Rabelais, Ronsard, Primatice…). Historical sources include the Archives des Eglises réformées de France, the Livre du recteur de l’Académie de Genève, Registres de la Compagnie des pasteurs, and Registres du Conseil and du Consistoire de Genève. The collection also covers medicine, science, philosophy, the history of the book and all forms of knowledge and human activity in the sixteenth century, from c. 1450 to the death of King Henry IV.

Calvin Database

The Calvin collection comprises all the texts by or about John Calvin published by Droz from 1960, with an initial focus on Geneva, Calvin, and the beginnings of the French evangelical movement with Lefèvre d’Etaples and Marguerite de Navarre.

Our trial access ends on 19 June 2020: please send any feedback on the Droz online collections by using the feedback form.

A list of all the Francophone e-resources provided by Cambridge University Library is available through the A-Z Databases: Francophone Area Studies.

Irène Fabry-Tehranchi

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