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.

Greek and Roman Myths

Heracles and the Erymanthian Boar

Snaring a wild boar turns out to be much less dangerous than keeping centaurs away from their wine.

Length: 58 words

History of Israel

British Mandatory Palestine

After the Great War, the British Government did keep one of her many wartime promises to her allies.

Length: 106 words

British Myths and Legends

The Legend of King Leir

An early British king discovers what he is really worth to his daughters.

Length: 109 words

Bible Stories Retold

Daniel and the Priests of Bel

An apparent miracle is revealed as sleight-of-hand.

Length: 60 words

Lives of the Saints

Cuthbert and the Dun Cow

The magnificent cathedral at Durham owes its existence to a missing cow.

Length: 58 words

Lives of the Saints


Henry VIII’s experts declared that saints were nothing special, but St Cuthbert had a surprise for them.

Length: 56 words