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.

Mediaeval History

One Hand on the Throne

The Wars of the Roses pitted two royal houses against each other for the crown of England.

Length: 117 words

Bible Stories Retold

Elisha and Naaman the Syrian

Naaman had very fixed ideas about what it takes to get a miracle.

Length: 52 words

Bible Stories Retold

Noah’s Flood

God’s love proved to be bigger and stronger than all man’s wickedness.

Length: 57 words

Lives of the Saints

St Wilfrid’s Debt

The Blessed Virgin Mary adds four years to the life of Bishop Wilfrid, and an angel suggests a suitable thank-you.

Length: 59 words

Greek and Roman Myths

The Siege of Troy

Paris, prince of Troy, takes the not unwilling Queen of Sparta back home with him, and sparks ten years of diplomatic tension and ten of war.

Length: 174 words

Stories in Short

The Cat Who Walks by Himself

The sly cat hatches a plan to get all the benefits of domestic life without any of the responsibilities.

Length: 172 words