Mini Copy Book

Mediaeval History

The Disappearance of Arthur

In April 1203, a royal prince and heir vanished from Rouen at just the right moment for King John.

Length: 110 words

Music and Musicians

A Toast to the Greatest Composer

When violinist Joseph Joachim proposed a toast to the world’s greatest composer, he was cut off in mid flow.

Length: 53 words

Music and Musicians

Lion Hunting in Heidelberg

Composer Johannes Brahms disliked the adulation sometimes heaped on him by fans, and found quite imaginative ways to avoid it.

Length: 101 words

Music and Musicians

Musical Appreciation

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford recalls the very different receptions given by British and German audiences to a little bit of Brahms.

Length: 59 words

Modern History

The War of 1812

In the year that Napoleon’s quest for European Empire faltered at Moscow, President Madison of the USA came to his aid.

Length: 107 words

The First World War

John Buchan

After two years in South Africa, a Scottish civil servant began turning out best-selling adventure tales.

Length: 110 words