Chris Coonce-Ewing asks a juicy question: what is history?
This is a test of many things: there are discipline answers, philosophical answers, political and phenomenological answers. There are kinds. There are characterizations. The Beowulf and Gawain poets provide answers in their own way, which has been a big subject in our examinations and interrogations of the these works. Both poets need the past. We do too.
The historian wouldn’t like this answer:
History is a sound in another room.
You call and either he, she,
goes mouse quiet