The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives: A Novel

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'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'

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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. More

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About Tim Darcy Ellis

Tim Darcy Ellis (BA, BSc, MHSc) is an author, physiotherapist, business owner and, formerly, a professional archaeologist. He is the founder and director of Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness, established in Sydney, in 2013, as well as the chief writer of Excel Life magazine.

As an archaeologist, Tim worked with both the Museum of London and the British Museum. He worked extensively on sites and throughout England, including the excavations of London's Roman amphitheatre. It was during this period that he developed a lifelong fascination with England's immigrant and minority communities – their struggles, conflicts, failures and, ultimately, their successes.

Writing The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives reunited Tim with his passion for European history, archaeology and philosophy. In particular, he was able to explore his interest in the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities of Tudor and Stuart London.

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bea548 reviewed on Aug. 8, 2020

Tim Darcy Ellis created a thrilling book full of history, religion and discovery. I really liked it! You keep connecting with all the characters which is not easy. It is very hard for an author to create empathy between the reader and the characters, but you can expect it in The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives. And have you seen this awesome cover?
I recommend The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives as it is a great historical book mixed with a little of religion and philosophy for you to think about Juan Luis Vives influence in our lives and his story. Honestly, it is my favourite kind of genre. Our main character had a tough life specially because he saw how the Spanish inquisition worked in first hand. It has also shaped him and his journey.
Tim made a wonderful job describing the life in the XVI century, how Juan Luis Vives life was and what secrets he might have had. We will follow him with diary passages (it is another style of book) and honestly it is the perfect way to write this book.
To me this book is a must for this summer. You can expect a roller coaster of emotions and it is really short. Believe me when I tell you that it is addictive, I have read it in a couple days.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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