Mini Copy Book

Extracts from Literature


A London barrister indulges in courtroom theatrics to win a case, but it turns out that not everything is as it seems.

Length: 57 words

Poets and Poetry

Home Thoughts from the Sea

Robert Browning, aboard ship in sight of Gibraltar, reflects on the momentous events in British history that have happened nearby.

Length: 58 words

Extracts from Literature

‘The Helmet! The Helmet!’

On the day that Manfred, Prince of Otranto, expected his son Conrad to marry the Marquis of Vicenza’s daughter, grotesque tragedy struck.

Length: 112 words

American Civil War

John Brown of Osawatomie

Shortly before the American Civil War, an attack by pro-slavery militants on the city of Lawrence prompted John Brown to try to clean up Kansas.

Length: 117 words

The Hundred Years’ War

A Tale of a Garter

Following the Battle of Crécy in 1346, Edward III instituted an order of chivalry in honour of St George, inspired (some said) by something he picked up in the street.

Length: 112 words

St Adamnan

Homeward Bound

The monks of the monastery on Iona are all keeping the same secret from one another.

Length: 119 words