Great Game Previews In History: 11 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

louis_xiv_as_childOn March 11, 1649, the Peace of Rueil is signed, bringing to an end the first phase of the Fronde, the French civil wars of the mid-17th century.

The wars — particularly the first Fronde, the Fronde Parlementaire — were not necessarily revolutionary. The objective was to protect the ancient rights of the parlements — a false friend, our linguist friends would say, because they were not like parliaments in the English sense, but rather courts of appeal that had the ability to nullify royal edicts if they ran counter to tradition.

To pay for the Thirty Years War, the King (through his clerical puppetmasters, first Cardinal Richelieu and later Cardinal Mazarin) needed to raise taxes, but the nobles refused to pay, citing their ancient exception. The bourgeoisie were left to bear the brunt, leading to insurrection in Paris. Meanwhile, the Peace of Westphalia was signed and French troops returned to Paris to quell the uprising.

Very little blood was shed in this first Fronde, but nevertheless, it was in everyone’s best interest to halt the fighting.

Stars at Blues, 7 PM

It’s for The Conference III Championship Belt. Check the Tale of the Tape.

Predators at Sabres, 6 PM

Records: Predators (27-28-10, 64 points, 7th in Conference III); Sabres (19-37-8, 46 points, 8th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Back in December 2011, Tyler Ennis got the game winner in a 3-2 Buffalo victory.

Last 10: Nashville 3-5-2; Buffalo 4-6-0

Historical Context: Peace was secured, in part, because Louis de Bourbon, le Grand Condé, returned to Paris a hero after winning the Battle of Lens. His fortuitous arrival bolstered the forces of the king, wore down the Parisians and everybody came to their senses. Last night, Seth Jones’ arrival proved fortuitous and saved two points for the Predators. Because Seth Jones scoring against Canada “just kind of happens.”

Oilers at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Oilers (22-35-8, 52 points, 7th in Pacific); Wild (34-22-8, 76 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Darcy Kuemper got the shutout, a 3-0 Minnesota win February 27.

Last 10: Edmonton 5-3-2; Minnesota 6-2-2

Historical Context: The big takeaway from the Fronde was that it solidified France as an absolutist monarchy. The then-boy-king Louis XIV saw the trouble of having small cluster armies organized territorially and under the leadership of people who were not him. Thus, he re-organized the French army into a hierarchy (with him at the top), giving him very real power throughout all of France. It was a brilliant and effective rebuild which worked in France for the next century or so. Edmonton is on re-build number five (four?) and various spots of trouble don’t seem to have taught them much of anything.

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