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.

Abolition of Slavery

In the Nick of Time

Anti-slavery campaigner Granville Sharp had a court order preventing Thomas Lewis being shipped off to slavery, but he had to find him first.

Length: 52 words

Classical History

The Battle of Salamis

As the Persian Empire’s grip tightened by land and sea, it fell to one man to unite Greece in a last desperate bid to break it.

Length: 118 words

Lives of the Saints

St Wilfrid and the Sheriff’s Wife

St Wilfrid brings healing to the wife of his own gaoler.

Length: 53 words

Lives of the Saints

St Wilfrid and the Angel of Light

St Wilfrid finds comfort during his tussle with the King of Northumbria

Length: 49 words

Stories in Short

The Birds

Two men fed up with Athenian politics decide to build a city in the sky.

Length: 103 words

Aesop of Samos

The Lion and the Mouse

A casual act of mercy brought an unexpected reward.

Length: 43 words