Great Game Previews In History: 19 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

447px-Fifth_Monarchy_AspinwallOn this day in 1661, Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.

Venner was the leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men — a movement based on a Biblical prophecy that four monarchies would precede the Kingdom of Chirst. Venner and his buds supposed that four kingdoms had already come and gone (to wit: Babylonian, Persian, Macedonian and Roman) and that obviously England wasn’t going to persist (what with King Charles I being, ya know, dead, and Oliver Cromwell running the show) and with 1666 coming up with all its Number of the Beast implications, things were ripe for Jesus:

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But Jesus needed the help of guys like Venner, who was a cooper.

Bruins at Blackhawks, 11:30 AM Central

Records: Bruins (30-15-2, 62 points, 1st in Flortheast); Blackhawks (31-8-11, 73 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Chicago won a big silver trophy in Boston. Detroit reacted.

Last 10: Boston 5-5-0; Chicago 4-1-5

Historical Context: Venner had lived in New England and perhaps that’s where he got the ninnyheaded idea that he should try to take on the New Model Army; today, during brunch, another group of New Englanders will foolishly try to usurp the ruling power structure. For four days, Venner’s coup persisted, but alas, Cromwell’s men were just too much of a muchness, arrested Venner and his conspirators. Jesus did not return, by the way.

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