Two examples of useful books:
Overview, Objectives, Plan, etc.
After a brief overview of this courseís aims and its organisation and a
glimpse at the most important works of reference for our linguistic and historical topics, we will repeat the traditional periods of the English language (OE, ME, EModE, ModE) with regard to its historical background.
There are many ways of depicting Englandís history, depending on the approach you choose. A general approach is to define periods, looking at important wars, political, cultural and social change.
A more specific method is to look at the dynasties of English rulers, beginning with Alfred - king of Wessex - and ending with todayís ruling family, the Coburg/Windsors.
Another way is to proceed along the history of invasions, through which England was substantially influenced: the Romans, the Vikings, and the Normans.
Then, there is the possibility of political classification, i. e. differentiating the islandís various names (United Kingdom, Great Britain etc.) according to territories.
Also, we can advance along lines of law and constitution (Magna Carta, Bill of Rights etc.), and its successive implications.
Another considerable factor of development is likewise the Church, for instance starting from the first missionaries in the Early Middle Ages to the infamous break from Roman Catholic control under Henry VIII.