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.

British Myths and Legends

William of Cloudsley

William is Cumbria’s very own blend of Robin Hood and William Tell - with a happy ending, too.

Length: 53 words

Poets and Poetry

Love’s Last Knot

Richard Crashaw offers the hope of eternity for wedded love.

Length: 48 words

Extracts from Literature

Mrs Bold’s Thunderclap

There comes a point in some relationships when words just aren’t enough.

Length: 47 words

Lives of the Saints

St Hild at Whitby

Hild founded an abbey that poured out a stream of priests and bishops for the revitalised English Church.

Length: 58 words

Aesop of Samos

The Ape and the Fox

A valuable lesson when dealing with practised liars.

Length: 46 words

Aesop of Samos

The Crow and the Pitcher

Brute force is no substitute for quick thinking.

Length: 49 words