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Sir Knight of the Splendid Way by W.E. Cule

    Sir Knight of the Splendid Way is a powerful, old fashioned allegory of the Christian’s life. I picked this up on the way out the door to an out-of-town funeral. I usually don’t like to read and ride, but this book managed to keep my interest for the whole trip. W.E. Cule paints amazing pictures of Biblical truths. These truths managed to toutch my heart very soundly, and it helped me to realize once again that truly, there is no better place to be than in the King’s service!


       The main character is a young man named Sir Constant. Serving his lord, an aged and worthy Knight, Sir Fortis, Sir Constant often sees the many knights passing in the Way who are in the King’s Service. Sir Constance held his lord, Sir Fortis, with the highest reverence, and, since he did so, he also held is master’s overlord in great honour. Every day Sir Constance watched the noble knights pass by, and dreamed of someday traveling the King’s Way, which leads to the Splendid City. Although he feels unworthy of the Service, Sir Fortis encourages his young squire to fulfill his desire. After a night of testing, Sir Constance earns his precious armour, bearing the Emblem of the King.


 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:


   Along the Way, Sir Constance falls and is lead astray many MANY times, but eventually he learns to be strong and courageous, for in the King’s Name he can do all things! There is no place in this world where the King’s Name holds little or no power.

   I wish I could write about all of the messages that spoke to me in this book, but that just wouldn’t be fair if you wished to read it yourself. However, there is a portion which really spoke to me. At this time Sir Constance is a little wiser. Being warned of a city called Destruction which is supposed to be on his way, he is put on guard when he spots a city in the distance. Inside the walls there reigns a quiet peace, with the occasional gentle strains of music. Sir Constance is drawn to the solitude, but he has noticed that though many enter, none come out. As he is pondering this, he notices an old man, who, wearing the Emblem of the King, rang a great bell by the entrance. The bell breaks the lull like glass as its clamour reverberated throughout the city. Men raised their hands to their brows, as if trying to remember…but as soon as the clanging stopped, the dozing calm became overlord once more.  Later, Sir Constance learns from the old man that those who entered were taken unawares by a powerful enchantment. This, laid by the cunning black knight, made the unsuspecting travellers forget the present objectives and instead dream of great and noble deeds. The hours fly as the years go by, untill all their time is spent, and they can no longer make their way to the Splendid City. This deadly spell has held the strongest hearts captive. By the King’s desire, the old man rings the bell to rouse the dreamers, and remind them of the mission at stake. But they love their dreams, and they hate the old man, and drive him away in scorn and anger. Some do awake, and joyfully take back up the sword and shield: but, those are few, so deadly is the enchantment.

  Satan is not an idiot. He knows better than to tempt us with chains and shackles. Instead, he provides countless fake worlds in things such as drugs, alcohol, entertainment, and adult fantasy, just to name a few. God is gracious, and provides the faithful bell-ringers to warn us of the danger which WILL lead to our inevitable destruction. The bible says of the wicked woman, “her end is as bitter as wormwood, as sharp as a two-edged sword… her feet go down to death, her steps take hold to hell.”(Prov.5:5,6)”…many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”(Prov.7:26,27) Typically though, just as the dreamers in the story, we hate those who chasten us, and love our false lifestyles. 

 Romans 13:11-12
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Ephesians 5:14-17
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

  It is a rare blessing to read Christian literature like Sir Knight of the Splendid Way. It is a part of the Rare Lamplighter Collector’s books. I own most of these and have found that none of them has been a waste of my time. So far Sir Knight of the Splendid Way has been one of my favorites. I really do encourage you out there to take the time to read this book. It is rich with Biblical messages which make you just want to stop and cry. I know I did. Maybe this was due partly to the fact that I was at that time going then to a funeral of a loved one who had been fighting the good fight for Christ many years.  No doubt he heard from the Lord he served so well here on earth, ” Well done, my good and faithful servant!”  A Christian’s life is always hard, but the end of which is oh so amazing. Like Sir Constance, sometimes we only see the danger, and forget just how powerful our King is, for by the King’s name we can do everything.

  Here is the lamplighter publishing website.


May we never grow weary of traveling the Path of the Splendid Way!

In Christ’s Name,


Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.


October 24, 2009 Posted by | Book, Christian, Inspirational, Review | , , , | 1 Comment