The Splendid Spur
The Splendid Spur is a historical novel set in the English Civil War. The main character, Jack Marvel, can be seen as a romanticised version of Q himself.
You can read a study of the novel and the context in which it was written.
The collection of resources contained in this part of the site begin with a summary of the plot. You can also read a more detailed chapter-by-chapter acccount of the story. Alternatively, for a quick overview of the main plot points in the order in which they happen, look at the walk-through.
The action of the novel is set between Oxford and Bristol and then in Cornwall. You can see the main locations on a modern map here.
The most important characters in the novel are described here.
There is also a note on the use of spoken Cornish in the novel. You can also find out more about Q's sources and see other references that support the material presented here.