The Annals of the World

The Annals of the World, 1658
James Ussher (1581-1656)
Printed book
35 x 46.5 (cm)
Society of Antiquaries of London
 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, dated the history of the world using a system based on the Old Testament. This was accepted as definitive in Britain and used well into the nineteenth century. His calculation that the Creation took place in 4004 BC seriously affected antiquarian attempts to form a credible idea of the prehistoric past.
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