Okay, this is an unconventional suggestion, but it's one that's helped me before when I didn't know a lot about a time period. Watch Versailles (it's on Netflix.) Don't take anything for granted as accurate, but if you see something interesting in terms of customs, clothing, history, a person, etc., research that specifically.
Reading an overview of a time period, people tend to cover the same general information, and it can feel impersonal and vague. When doing the research to tell a story, TV writers need all kinds of specific details that you wouldn't think to include in a general history. A historical drama can give you ideas about what to research - underwear, games, superstitions - that you can weave into a more personal, living understanding of the time period.
Without this method, I'd have no idea that people in the Renaissance got high on ether, or that in Michelangelo and Donatello's time the peasants were still pretty homophobic; before binging the Borgias, I didn't think to ask.