Today is a fateful day in British history: the day on which King Charles I was executed in 1649. To some he became a martyr figure. To others, it was a fitting end to the "man of blood." Most of my Baptist forebears alive at the time would have supported the decision to execute their monarch. For me, it is vital to understand why men and women in that day felt the need to kill their king and how they read Scripture so as to justify their decision.