The Master, 2018/19
Dr Richard (Ric) Berman
Ric Berman is the author of The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry which explores the political, philosophical and religious influences at the heart of eighteenth-century freemasonry; Schism, a study of the social origins of Antients Freemasonry; Loyalists & Malcontents, a history of freemasonry in Georgia and South Carolina; Espionage, Diplomacy and the Lodge, a reflection on the influence of Charles Delafaye; and From Roanoke to Raleigh, a history of North Carolina freemasonry. His 2016 Prestonian Lecture, Foundations: new light on the formation and early years of the Grand Lodge of England, marks and sets a context for the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge.
Dr Berman holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge, a Doctorate in History from the University of Exeter, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Life Fellow of the Huguenot Society. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. A popular speaker, he has delivered plenary lectures at masonic conferences and academic symposia across Britain, Europe, the USA, Latin America, HK, Australia and New Zealand, travelling over 250,000 miles in the process.
A freemason for over forty years, Ric holds active Grand Rank (AGSwdB) and is a member of the Council of Trustees of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry. Alongside QC, he is a PM of Marquis of Dalhousie Lodge, No. 1159, and of Temple of Athene Lodge, No. 9541, the research lodge for the Province of Middlesex.
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