TIM DARCY ELLIS
The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives brings back to life the epoch-making life and adventures of one of the great men of the Renaissance. It is 1522, in the Spanish Netherlands. Vives, a renowned academic, has fled the Inquisition; yet even here he is not safe. Under the ever-watchful eyes and ears of the king of Spain, he is eventually incarcerated along with other Nuevo Cristianos. When England’s Sir Thomas More offers him a lifeline as the role of tutor to Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII, he eagerly accepts. Once in England, Vives is quickly drawn into the secretive and dangerous world of London’s underground Jewish community. At 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.
Tim Darcy Ellis (BA, BSc, MHSc) is a writer and wellness-business owner. He was formerly a professional archaeologist. Tim majored in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York. He has worked for both the Museum of London (as a field archaeologist) and the British Museum as a tour guide.