Understanding books and documents
The historical context
Knowing about the place where the document was created will often help in understanding it. Knowledge of customs, dialect, place names and people local to the place where the document was created can make it more comprehensible.
For an introduction to web sites of interest to local historians see the following site maintained by Leicester University Department of English Local History: http://www.le.ac.uk/elh/
For an electronic guide to English place names see: http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/