Novels by Author Alexa Kang
Novels by Co-author of this blog and Australian Author of Rural-Lit
These first photos are from Licata to Naples.
Sant'Angelo hill above Licata has been occupied since ancient times.
The town of Licata has existed in its various forms since from the period of Byzantine domination. It was conquered by the Arabs in 827. They ruled for more that two centuries until the Norman's conquered the city on July 25, 1086. During the Norman-Hohenstaufen age, the town flourished and was awarded the title of Cittè Demaniale ("Crown's City").
The Aragonese controlled the town, under the name fidelissima ("Most Faithful"). The city was sacked by Dragut's corsairs and required substantial rebuilding.
Licata flourish during the Renaissance period when Maltese immigrants helped bring prosperity to the town. Growing migration from Malta caused the town to expand into new settlements in the seventeenth century. The Baroque style featured in these outer settlements. Prosperity continues as the town became an export centre for grain.
In 1820 the people of Licata defended the city against the Bourbon rulers of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, led by Patriot Matteo Vecchio Verderame. Following that was the Expedition of the Thousand under Giuseppe Garibaldi, where the town contributed gave overnight sanctuary to Garibaldi's son Menotti and his general Nino Bixio and allowed them to leave having recruited a small army of fighting men from the town.
Do you ever wonder what is between the lines in these historical accounts of a towns? Did those men leave willingly? Were they coerced into leaving to fight for another master?
That brings the town to the era that Ryn Shell has been researching, a time when Italy was a group of small isolated countries that would eventually be formed into one unified Italy with the assistance of Napoleon III. Ryn s unsure if this research will become a novel of if she will focus more on shorter historical articles and artwork. Perhaps you might like to comment if you have a preference on which you would like to see.
Industrialisation and development escalated from the 1870s with nearby copper mines and refineries, in the surrounding countryside, with resulting wealth and development within the city.
World War II,
Licata served as an Allied landing point during the 1943 Operation HUSKY Allied invasion of Sicily.
You can still see the remains of the Italian Navy armored train "T.A. 76/2/T", that was destroyed by USS Bristol while opposing the landing at Licata.
The town declined following WWll forcing many people to emigrate to northern Italy or abroad. As a town occupied by the Allies, it features in Alexa Kang's Rose of Anzio Series and John Hersey's novel A Bell for Adano.
Licata is the site for an importantItalian war memorial for the Allied invasion of Sicily during Operation Husky, July 10, 1943.
The town is now reliant on its fishing industry, some tourism, assisted by the wonderful archaeological finds dating from prehistoric times to the 3rd century BC that are exhibited in the Museo (Museum) Civico.
Novels set in and around Licata Italy