Well, are you? This is my Christmas Eve gift to you: start reading Hark! A Vagrant! It is hilarious and full of historical and literary humour that you don't need to be a historian to get.
This is a recent favourite and I just had to share it because, well, because it's funny and because there are so many parties right now and because everyone on the internet seems to think introverts are superior these days.
Go! Go read Hark! A Vagrant now.