The book deals with the region's Iron Age origins, its significant sites and roads, and its association with the Boudican revolt, and accounts for the reasons why it became one of the wealthiest areas of Roman Britain by the end of the third century. Villa occupation was lavish, and different villa systems have been detected and mapped. The importance of the area is seen in spectacular fashion with the late Christian hoard of church silverware and other buried treasure.
Stephen Upex was born and has lived in the Nene valley near Peterborough for over 45 years. He has dug on sites and directed excavations on numerous Roman sites in the area, as well as on early and middle Saxon sites. Until recently he was Professor of Landscape Studies at the University of Brunei. He lives in Warmington, near Peterborough.