From the British website of the Society of King Charles the Martyr:
King Charles the Martyr was the last saint to be canonised by the Church of England.
He is honoured as a martyr because he died for the Church. He was offered his life if he would abandon episcopacy but he refused, for this would have taken the Church of England away from being part
of ‘the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church’ and change Her into a sect.
So we venerate him for his sacrifice and see in it inspiration for us today. S. Charles is a martyr for the doctrine of episcopacy and the apostolic succession.
The preservation of Episcopal Orders and Apostolic Succession is of vital importance to the Church. What King Charles died for to preserve Catholic Anglicans are ‘continuing’ to preserve. The sacramental reality of English Catholicism has been under heavy attack since Thomas Cranmer. The attack cost King Charles his life as it did his Archbishop (William Laud), and though our lives are not threatened by Protestants or Liberals, the life of the Church still is. Apostolic Orders – make no mistake about it – is a life or death issue for the Sacramental dimension of the Church.
Picture: The trial of King Charles the Martyr