This book is published by Lamplighter Publishing. My son John read this book for one of his A Beka Academy 8th Grade book reports, and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is his review:
W. E. Cule’s Sir Knight of the Splendid Way tells of the adventures of Sir Constant, a knight who is seeking the City of the Great King by following a path that is known as the Splendid Way. This wonderful allegory is set in the times of knights and castles, providing an enthralling background for this tale of the Christian life. The main character Sir Constant, repeatedly drawn away from the Splendid Way, faces many challenges as he fights with the villainous Black Knight and his subtle companions. The lesson most clearly shown in this captivating book is that God’s everlasting grace can save one from many sinful traps sent by our personal enemy, the Devil.
Sir Constant, an eager knight for the Lord, finds himself caught by the Black Knight on multiple occasions in this book. The Black Knight, always wanting to take Sir Constant as a personal slave, attacks him and almost wins several times. However, the King proves faithful and delivers Sir Constant from every trap, often allowing Sir Constant to assist a fellow knight in escaping the Black Knight’s snares as well.
The many times Sir Constant was rescued prove how God can deliver people from any sin ranging from pride and resentment to mere laziness. In an early chapter, Sir Constant is invited to stay in a luxurious mansion for the night; however, it is revealed that this house of pleasure does not tolerate the Carpenter and that even the copy of the King’s book is fake and omits the stories of the true heroes. Donning his armor, Sir Constant tries to escape this disguised prison. As he leaves, however, he notices the owner of the mansion, Sir Joyous, talking with a vile knight that he hears is the Black Knight himself. Shortly afterward, the Black Knight and his helper notice Sir Constant and attack him. Sir Constant, finding himself surrounded, is forced to fight and nearly loses when confronted with his enemy. In desperation, he seeks the comfort and strength of his King’s Son’s Face. The vision that he receives encourages him and helps him beat his foe.
Later in the story, a similar encounter with the Black Knight happens when Sir Constant is so envious of his fellow knights’ achievements that he cannot bear to stay in the same house with them. As he walks alone, he meets the Knight of the Wolf, who invites him to go to his house. Once they reach the house, the Knight of the Wolf and his squire give Sir Constant the Wine of Adulation, which dulls Sir Constant’s mind. Soon afterward, Sir Constant and his two new companions follow a garden path that, instead of leading back to the Knight of the Wolf’s house, leads down into a dismal wood filled with all kinds of evil animals. As they keep walking, Sir Constant notices a stronghold ahead. Immediately the Black Knight greets him and informs Sir Constant that the Knight of the Wolf and a new knight, the Knight of the Prison Bars, are his accomplices. Sir Constant quickly enters into a fierce battle with his enemies. As the fight progresses, Sir Constant is quickly overwhelmed due to the number of his opponents. At the very last minute, the knights of whom Sir Constant was envious showed up and quickly defeated their worn-out foes.
God’s forgiveness and faithfulness to rescue us from the many snares set up by the Devil are clearly demonstrated in this book. For me, this book was one of the best books I have ever read because of its value in teaching various pivotal doctrines that Christians ought to hold on to. Also, every single one of this book’s many scenes are extremely vivid and enjoyable to read. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that the action in chapters dealing with fights directly with the Black Knight and his minions is extremely addicting to read. I recommend that any Christian read this book so that he can perhaps understand the threats and wiles that Satan uses against us.
I also found this video clip about this book:
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