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.

Scandinavian History


Scandinavian warrior Leif Ericson was sent to bring Christianity to Greenland, but accidentally discovered North America instead.

Length: 60 words

Poets and Poetry

King Arthur’s Last Request

The legendary British warrior makes ready for his final journey, leaving Sir Bedivere with one last duty to perform.

Length: 59 words

Stuart Era

The Last Days of Charles II

James calls Fr Huddleston to his brother’s deathbed, ready for a most delicate task.

Length: 109 words

Greek and Roman Myths

Bellerophon and the Chimera

The wronged hero vanquishes a dreadful monster with the help of a winged horse, but then it all goes to his head.

Length: 59 words

Extracts from Literature

‘God Tempers the Wind to the Shorn Lamb’

Mary Mason could not forgive herself for a past misdeed.

Length: 52 words

Literary Figures

Jane Austen

The blushing clergyman’s daughter is recognised today as one of the great figures of English literature.

Length: 107 words