<p><br> Hooked on history as a boy, "Ned" roamed the fields and riverbanks behind his home in Oxford, England, on the lookout for artifacts from Britain's age of chivalry. At about age ten, he learned the unhappy truth about his own family: He and his four brothers were illegitimate, his parents unmarried, and the family name, Lawrence, fictitious.</p> <p>—From "Lawrence of Arabia: A Hero's Journey," January 1999, <i>National Geographic</i> magazine</p>

Oxford, England


Hooked on history as a boy, "Ned" roamed the fields and riverbanks behind his home in Oxford, England, on the lookout for artifacts from Britain's age of chivalry. At about age ten, he learned the unhappy truth about his own family: He and his four brothers were illegitimate, his parents unmarried, and the family name, Lawrence, fictitious.

—From "Lawrence of Arabia: A Hero's Journey," January 1999, National Geographic magazine

Photograph by Annie Griffiths Belt

Lawrence of Arabia

See photos of the places Lawrence of Arabia traveled in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

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