The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives

The story begins with Vives having fled Spain under the threat of the inquisition.

About The Book

‘In this beautifully detailed, thrilling historical novel, author Tim Ellis brings back to life the largely forgotten Juan Luis Vives, a Spanish Jew and leading Renaissance Humanist’

-Blueink starred review-

It is 1522, The Spanish Netherlands, Juan Luis Vives, a renowned academic, has fled Spain to avoid the fires of the Inquisition, yet even here he is not safe. When England’s Sir Thomas More offers him the role of tutor to Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII, he eagerly accepts.

While publicly navigating life as a ‘New Christian,’ Vives is quickly drawn into the secretive and dangerous world of London’s Jewish community. With a foot in each world, he is torn between the love of two women.

Inside the Tudor court, the king and queen separately seek Vives’s assistance to support their opposed demands. He must betray one to help the other, knowing his decision could cost him his life. Whom will he choose? Will his wily skills allow him to manipulate them both? Not only his survival but that of his family and his entire people hang in the balance.

‘Beautiful metaphors and tactile, evocative descriptions bring sixteenth-century England and Spain to life’

-Foreword Reviews-

“This enthralling story is sure to please lovers of high drama, international intrigue, momentous history and psychological thrillers”

-Blueink starred review-

Readers say

” The story begins with Vives having fled Spain under the threat of the inquisition. “

Amazon reviewer

” The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives by Tim Darcy Ellis is a brilliantly researched and beautifully written book. “

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Tim Darcy Ellis

About the Author

Tim Darcy Ellis (BA BSc, MHSc) is a writer, physiotherapist, business owner and formerly a professional archaeologist. He studied Archaeology at the University of York (BA Hons 1988), and as a professional archaeologist, he worked on sites throughout England and Wales. He held posts at the Museum of London and the British Museum. His critically acclaimed debut, ‘The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives’ (2020) is a fast-paced and meticulously researched historical novel.Tim is currently Managing Director and Principal Physiotherapist of Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness. He qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of East London in 1998, and moved to Sydney in 2000 where he completed his master’s degree in 2002. Tim is chief writer of Excel Life magazine: writing and teaching extensively on health and wellness and specializing in the treatment of complex hip and pelvic pain.

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