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.

Kings and Queens of England

John to Henry IV

A quick overview of the Kings of England from John in 1199 to Henry IV in 1399.

Length: 59 words

Kings and Queens of England

William I to John

A quick overview of the Kings of England from William I in 1066 to John in 1199.

Length: 57 words

Mediaeval History

The Selfless Courage of Leo the Cook

In 6th century France, a faithful kitchen servant sold himself into slavery to rescue a kidnapped boy.

Length: 52 words

Mediaeval History

The Daring Escape of Richard the Fearless

The ten-year-old got away from a royal castle disguised as a bundle of hay.

Length: 49 words

Discovery and Invention

Edmond Halley

Edmond Halley will forever be associated with the comet named after him, but his greatest achievement was getting Sir Isaac Newton to publish ‘Principia Mathematica’.

Length: 58 words

Cat Stories

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose!

(That’s cat-tails, obviously.) And who ever said cats were unpredictable?

Length: 50 words