Great Game Previews In History: 3 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Gal_nations_edward_iOn March 3, 1284, Edward I issued the Statute of Rhuddlan, the means by which the newly conquered territories of North Wales would be administered.

That sounds pretty boring, maybe, except it fundamentally created the union between the whole of Wales and the whole of England and is still considered a document essential to the concept of the “United Kingdom.”

In short, the statute took the lands under direct royal control (that is: the most recently conquered lands of North Wales) and annexed them to the crown (which is how Edward was able to make his son the “Prince of Wales,” a title held by the heir-apparent to this day, but not by right; because of the wording of the Statute of Rhuddlan, the heir has to be created as Prince of Wales).

Sabres at Stars, 7 PM

Records: Sabres (18-34-8, 44 points, 8th in Flortheast); Stars (28-22-10, 66 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Jamie Benn got the winner in a 4-3 Stars victory in Lindy Ruff’s return to Buffalo Oct. 28.

Last 10: Buffalo 4-5-1; Dallas 6-2-2

Historical Context: Rhuddlan created a new reality for Wales: common law was introduced and six new shires were created out of the lands of North Wales. The Sabres have a new reality too: life without Steve Ott and Ryan Miller, shipped to St. Louis.

Flames at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Flames (23-30-7, 53 points, 6th in Pacific); Wild (33-21-7, 73 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Just before the break, the Flames won 4-3 in OT in Calgary.

Last 10: Calgary 7-3-0; Minnesota 6-2-2

Historical Context: The Statute of Rhuddlan’s incorporation of parts of English inheritance law insured that daughters could inherit estates. Good news for Minnesota!

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