Foundations: new light on the formation and early years of the Grand Lodge of England, the Prestonian Lecture for 2016, explores the evolution of Freemasonry from the fourteenth century to the eighteenth and the creation of the first Grand Lodge of England. Ric Berman challenges old Masonic myths, explains the interconnections between Freemasonry, Grand Lodge and Britain's Hanoverian government, and outlines how and why its leaders positioned the Craft as a bastion against Jacobitism.The book celebrates and provides a context for the 300th anniversary of the formation of the world's first Grand Lodge.
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Appointed the Prestonian Lecturer for 2016, Ric Berman researches, speaks and writes on eighteenth-century history, focusing on the social and political impact of Freemasonry. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and holds a Doctorate in History from the University of Exeter and a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
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