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

Caedmon Learns to Sing

A shy and unmusical stable-hand suddenly began to sing wise and moving hymns.

Length: 120 words

Norman Era

The Tichborne Dole

The strange-but-true story of a Lady Day tradition.

Length: 42 words

Bible Stories Retold

The Man Born Blind

A man born blind is healed by Jesus, but finds himself a social outcast as a result.

Length: 54 words

Greek and Roman Myths

Romulus and the Sabine Women

The legend of how Rome was settled gave rise to the March festival of Roman motherhood.

Length: 56 words

Classical History


In the populist democracy of 5th-century BC Athens, heroes fell as quickly as they rose.

Length: 115 words

Classical History

Pericles and the Fickle Public of Athens

The leader of 5th-century BC Athens lavished public money on the city and its adoring citizens, and wherever he led they followed.

Length: 116 words