Dr Richard (Ric) Berman is the author of 'The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry', first published in 2011 and now in its second edition; 'Schism' (2013), a look at the origins of Antients Freemasonry; 'Loyalists & Malcontents' (2015, revised & illustrated second edition 2017), which tracks the origins of freemasonry in South Carolina and Georgia; and 'Espionage, Diplomacy & the Lodge (2017). Ric holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Doctorate in History from the University of Exeter. He continued his research at the University of Oxford's Modern European History Research Centre and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. His main areas of study are eighteenth-century Britain, Ireland and North America. Ric was appointed the Prestonian Lecturer for 2016 and his lecture, published and now in its second edition, sets the context for the 300th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of England. Born in London, Ric lives with his family in Oxfordshire. He has just completed 'Roanoke to Raleigh', a history of freemasonry in North Carolina.