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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.

Tudor Era

Fly on the Wall

Henry VII made sure that he had eyes and ears wherever they were needed to put an end to thirty years of political conspiracy.

Length: 117 words

British Myths and Legends

A Prince Among Thieves

In the days of Henry VIII, eminent Scottish historian John Major looked back to the reign of Richard the Lionheart and sketched the character of legendary outlaw Robin Hood.

Length: 59 words

Tudor Era

Henry Goes a-Maying

King Henry VIII was riding out with Queen Catherine one May Day, when they found themselves waylaid by Robin Hood and two hundred archers.

Length: 111 words

Extracts from Literature

‘I Shall Keep This for Aunt Jane’

James Edward Austen-Leigh tells us what it was that made his aunt, the celebrated novelist Jane Austen, so remarkable.

Length: 114 words

Character and Conduct

Jibe and Joke

Sir Richard Steele takes up arms against the kind of wit who thinks you can be as nasty as you like provided you make people laugh.

Length: 115 words

Mediaeval History

Dunstan’s Deliverance

In 978, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dunstan, was being battered in a stormy meeting when he — along with England’s rich monastic heritage — had a miraculous escape.

Length: 59 words