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In THE SECRET DIARIES OF JUAN LUIS VIVES, author Tim Darcy Ellis takes readers on a beautifully detailed historical journey that brings back to life Juan Luis Vives, a Spanish Jew and leading Renaissance Humanist.

It is 1522. Vives flees Spain for the Netherlands to avoid the fires of the Inquisition: yet even there he is not safe. When England’s 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 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. Not only his survival but that of his family and his entire people hang in the balance.



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

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