I wasn’t sure whether to ask about books about English history, British history, or what.
I’m going to London in a couple of weeks. I’ve been a few times beofre, but usually didn’t have much time to myself. This time I will, and I plan on visiting a lot of museums and the like. The problem is, I don’t know a whole lot about the history of Great Britain, particularly pre-19th century. I have probably picked up a little more than the average American, but that isn’t saying much. I suspect some of the sights and artifacts I’m likely to see would have a little more impact if I understood their place in the grand scheme of things.
So - any good books that will catch me up quickly? I realize this may be a tall order, considering the long history involved, but if anyone’s got some favorites, I’d be grateful for the suggestions.