Great Game Previews In History: 28 October 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-Siege_of_La_Rochelle_1881_Henri_Motte_1846_1922The Huguenots at La Rochelle surrender to the forces of King Louis XIII on October 28, 1628, ending a 14-month siege of the town.

The siege itself was the climax of the tensions between Protestants and Catholics in 17th century France. After Henry IV’s Edict of Nantes gave religious freedom to Protestants, the Protestant Huguenots set up shot at La Rochelle, which became functionally the capital of Protestant France and became the kingdom’s second or third largest city.

Predictably, Henry IV was assassinated (trapped in a traffic jam, killed by a crazed Catholic) and Louis XIII, his son, was less inclined to be nice to Protestants.

Cardinal Richelieu declared suppression of the Huguenots the No. 1 priority of France, England’s Charles I sent the Duke of Buckingham to chip at La Rochelle, the people of La Rochelle refused to side with Buckingham and become open enemies of the king. The king’s forces surrounded the city and La Rochelle was under siege for 14 months.

The capitulation of the Huguenots solidified Royal (and Catholic) power in France and marks an important moment in the wide-spread centralization of government power still evident in France today.

Blackhawks at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Blackhawks (6-2-3, 15 points, 2nd in Conference III); Wild (6-3-3, 15 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Wild heaped a helping on the Blackhawks Saturday, a 5-3 win at Chicago.

Last 10: Chicago 5-2-3; Minnesota 6-3-1

Historical Context: The Wild are handing out towels and wearing the road whites at home. Is it their attempt to hold off the inevitable siege from marauding Chicagoans? Or is it a flag of surrender?

Stars at Sabres, 6 PM

Records: Stars (4-5-1, 9 points, 7th in Conference III); Sabres (2-10-1, 5 points, 8th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Derek Roy scored late and Nathan Gerbe notched the shootout winner in a 3-2 Sabres win in February 2012. Back before both Derek Roy and Lindy Ruff were in Conference III.

Last 10: Dallas 4-5-1; Buffalo 2-7-1

Historical Context: This marks, of course, the return of Lindy Ruff to Buffalo, charging up from the south, not unlike when Protestant noble Henri de Rohan tried to lead a group of fighters to relieve the tension in La Rochelle. Will Ruff have more success than Rohan?

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