Sunrise breaks in Oxford, England, home of Thomas Edward Lawrence, who came to be known as Lawrence of Arabia. Fascinated with history as a boy, “Ned” roamed the fields and riverbanks behind his home in Oxford, eagerly searching for artifacts from Britain’s age of chivalry. Later the scholar turned soldier fought alongside Arab forces in the Middle East. A hero for our time.
(Text adapted from and photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Lawrence of Arabia: A Hero’s Journey,” January 1999, National Geographic magazine)
Two exceptional books on the fascinatingly elusive figure of T.E. Lawrence: