Newton's research convinced him that elaborate kingdoms and city life emerged only slowly after the Flood (dated by the chronologer
James Ussher at 2340 BCE), largely because the "course of nature," as evidenced by the primitive demography of his time, did not allow a suitable reproduction in the immediate postdiluvian period for a rapid repopulation, as many assumed.
I argue that this rich connection changed the dramatist's professional life, leading him ever deeper on the complementary road of civic involvement and the production of seven Lord Mayor's Shows, the appointment in 1620 as City Chronologer
, and the publication of Honourable Entertainments (1621).
10) The Gentleman's and London Magazine; or, The Monthly Chronologer
See, for example, The London Magazine, and Monthly Chronologer
, June 1745: 296-7; Boyse, S.