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.

Lives of the Saints

St Chad and the Invisible Choir

Chad, the seventh-century Bishop of Mercia, seemed to be making a lot of music for one man.

Length: 60 words

Lives of the Saints

The Night-time Disciple

Nicodemus did not allow intellectual doubts to get in the way of what he knew in his heart.

Length: 58 words

Indian History

Mysore’s Golden Age

The Princely State of Mysore (today in Karnataka) was hailed as an example of good governance to all the world.

Length: 104 words

Stories in Short

The Tempest

A duke with a passion for the art of enchantment is stranded by his enemies on a deserted island.

Length: 112 words

Music and Musicians

Francesco Geminiani

The most brilliant violinist of his generation, whose finely-crafted compositions showed off bravura and spoke tenderness.

Length: 54 words

Free Speech and Conscience

The Firstborn Liberty

John Milton (of ‘Paradise Lost’ fame) urged Parliament not to fall into bad old habits of censorship, whatever their fears may be.

Length: 56 words