Society of King Charles the Martyr

Society Of King Charles The Martyr

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The Society of King Charles the Martyr is an Anglican devotional society and one of the Catholic Societies of the Church of England. (It is also active in the Episcopal Church USA and has international members elsewhere.) It is dedicated to and under the patronage of King Charles I of England (19 November 1600–30 January 1649), the only person to be canonised by the Church of England after the English Reformation.

Charles Stuart as an Anglican Martyr

King Charles, head of the House of Stuart, was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his death on 30 January 1649.

Charles believed in a sacramental version of the Church of England, called High Anglicanism, with a theology based upon Arminianism, a belief shared by his main political advisor, Archbishop William Laud. Laud was appointed by Charles as the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633 and started a series of reforms in the Church to make it more ceremonial. This was actively hostile to the Reformist tendencies of many of his English and Scottish subjects. He rejected the Calvinism of the Presbyterians, insisted on an episcopal (hierarchical) form of church government as opposed to presbyterian or congregational forms, and required that the Church of England's liturgy be celebrated with all of the ceremony and vestments called for by the Book of Common Prayer. Many of his subjects thought these policies brought the Church of England too close to Roman Catholicism.

Charles ruled in an era of...
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