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.

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

The First World War

Precision and Dispatch

The first setbacks for the German Empire in the Great War came courtesy of ANZAC troops.

Length: 114 words

Greek History

Manto Mavrogenous

In 1822, a rich and beautiful young woman took the cause of Greek independence into her capable hands.

Length: 109 words

Greek History

An Appeal to the Ladies of England

Manto Mavrogenous hoped that her fellow women might show more solidarity with Greece than many men had done.

Length: 56 words

Lives of the Saints

On Holy Ground

A traveller went into a Shropshire pub looking for information about a patch of grass with peculiar properties.

Length: 59 words