Today in History
On April 3, 1043 at Winchester Cathedral, Edward the Confessor is crowned as king.
His accession is a little bit of a complicated story (the relatively simple determination of who is to be the next heir to the throne in Britain is a modern creation). Edward was the seventh son of Æthelred the Unready. When Æthelred died, he was succeeded by Edward’s older half-brother, Edmund Ironside, who was fighting the Dane Cnut for control of England. When Edmund died, Cnut took the throne, exiled Edward and married his mother.
When Cnut died, Harthacnut — Edward’s mother’s son with Cnut — succeeded to the throne of Denmark, but couldn’t take that of England, which instead went to Harold Harefoot. When Edward and his brother Alfred came back to England, Harold had Alfred blinded by a red-hot poker (or, as the NHL calls it, “upper body injury”).
Eventually Harold died, Harthacnut became king and invited Edward back. The latter was proclaimed as successor, supported by the most powerful earls in the country and chosen by the people of Lond0n.
He would be the last Anglo-Saxon king of England.
Every Friday bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D; like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.
One day after winning their first Conference III Championship Belt since October — ending the Stars first-ever run after just five days — the Jets have to go on the road to defend the title against St. Louis with the Blues less than a week removed from a 78-day run with the strap.
Can the Jets stave off the Blues from reclaiming what they see as their birthright or will a team with Evander Kane make like Kane and drop the Belt one day after winning it?
After ending St. Louis’ record run, Dallas gets its first chance to defend the Conference III Championship Belt today with a trip to Winnipeg.
Can the Stars start a long run of their own or will Winnipeg get its first title since the Jets beat those same Blues back in October?
Today In History
No wait, that’s not right.
On March 10, 241 BC, the Romans sank the Carthaginian fleet in the Battle of the Aegates Islands, effectively ending the first Punic War.
As the morning arrived, the wind favored the Carthaginians and Hanno the Great (the second of that name) set sail. Despite the conditions, Catulus decided to intercept the Carthaginians and ordered his fleet to prepare for battle, stripping them of masts and sails. That’s a bold decision, but an easy one to make because he wasn’t actually going to lead the battle, being as how he was hurt. What boldness!
It worked out, because the Romans ended up mobile, the Carthaginians burdened.
About half of the Carthaginian fleet was either destroyed or captured. The rest were saved only by an abrupt change in the direction of the wind, allowing them to flee from the Romans.
With the trade deadline looming, we’ve asked our usual cadre of bloggers from around The Heptarchy to give us some idea of what the hay is going on with each team. Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. For our special trade deadline edition, we’ll go in alphabetical order: