Getting Skyrim but haven't played any of the others, does anyone know where I can get a little background knowledge on the lore of TES? I've poked around a bit on the wikia but its all a little obtuse and a bit too in-depth with little focus on the greater context. I'm a bit lost really, like I see there is a race called 'Imperials', does that mean the 'empire' only consists of that part of the continent, excluding Skyrim for example? Basically I need a TES lore for dummies article.
Also please no posts about how Bethesda are the source of all evil and it's not even an RPG anyway (Axman13 style). I have already made up my mind to get it.