The Master, 2018/19
Dr Richard (Ric) Berman
Ric is a PM of the Marquis of Dalhousie Lodge, No. 1159, and a PM of Temple of Athene Lodge, No. 9541, the research lodge for the Province of Middlesex. A freemason for over forty years, he holds Senior London and Provincial Grand Rank, and is a member of the Council of Trustees of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry.
Dr Berman is the author of six books, including 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.
Ric 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. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. A popular speaker, Ric has delivered plenary lectures at masonic and academic conferences and symposia across the UK, Europe, the USA, Latin America, HK, Australia and New Zealand.
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