Dr Berman has been a freemason for over forty years. He is the current (November 2018/November 2019) Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, #2076, (EC), England’s premier research lodge; and a PM of Temple of Athene Lodge, the research lodge for the Province of Middlesex, and the Marquis of Dalhousie Lodge.
Dr Richard (Ric) Berman holds Senior London and Provincial Grand Rank. Academically, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. He has a Doctorate in History from the University of Exeter and a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Ric is the author of a series of books that place eighteenth-century freemasonry within a social and political context. The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry is a study of the political and religious rationale, and the people, behind the creation of the first grand lodge and was the basis for his 2016 Prestonian Lecture. Schism examines the conflict between the ‘Moderns’ and ‘Antients’; and Espionage, Diplomacy & the Lodge discusses one of eighteenth-century Britain’s least known but most influential figures: Charles Delafaye, under-secretary of state, spymaster, magistrate and freemason – a man at the centre of the government’s inner circle.
- The political and religious rationale behind the birth of the Moderns.
- The conflict between ‘Moderns’ and ‘Antients’.
- Charles Delafaye, Britain’s least known but most influential figure.
- Colonial Freemasonry in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.