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.

Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson

The Character of Horatio Lord Nelson

High praise from someone who knew him better than most.

Length: 55 words

Christian Customs

The Return of Plum Pudding

The Puritans said it was unfit for God-fearing men, but George I thought it fit for a King.

Length: 51 words

Lives of the Saints

The Miracle of St John of the Caves

The story of an unexpected escape through the heart of a hill.

Length: 50 words

Music and Musicians

John Playford

In England’s brief but dismal experiment as a Republic, Playford saved traditional English dance music from destruction.

Length: 51 words

Classical History

Season of Goodwill

‘Goodwill’ was on everyone’s lips, but the Roman Emperor and the God of Israel had very different ideas about it.

Length: 55 words

Norman Era

The Disaster of the White Ship

The loss of the heir to the throne threw England into crisis.

Length: 51 words