Mini Copy Book

Each post in this section is a short précis (summary) of a passage in The Copy Book. All of them are in modern English. They are intended for students of English as a Foreign Language at Elementary Level.

Indian History

Seeds of Empire

The British Empire may be said to have started when Elizabethan importers got into a fight with the Dutch over the price of pepper.

Length: 117 words

Indian History

Sing Us a Song of Zion

The Sultan of Aceh in northern Sumatra welcomed his guests from Christian England with an unexpected gesture of friendship.

Length: 116 words

Mediaeval History

Isabella Calls Time

The Despensers ensured that King Edward II never left their sight, but it was what Queen Isabella was doing that should have worried them.

Length: 110 words

Mediaeval History

The Battle of Bannockburn

Edward II hoped to outshine his famous father by bringing Scotland under the English crown, but Robert the Bruce was ready for him.

Length: 172 words

Mediaeval History

Fatal Distraction

Edward II was given the crown of England on condition that he had nothing more to do with Piers Gaveston, and he did not keep his word.

Length: 119 words

John Bright

The Best Man for the Job

The Victorian working man had John Bright’s respect and unwavering support, but he could expect no special favours.

Length: 113 words