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Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

T.E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'; Jesus, 1907), although born in Caernarfonshire, and holder of a Welsh Exhibition at Jesus, was also the product of an austere Oxford upbringing. His first-class degree in history followed tuition by the medievalist R.L. Poole and a thousand-mile trek through Syria and Lebanon to compare Crusader-built castles with their French equivalents. A self-taught archaeologist from boyhood, he began his graduate career as an assistant to Sir Leonard Woolley, leader of the British Museum expedition to Carchemish. Other, academic historians tutored by Poole at Jesus included Professors A.F. Pollard (1869-1948) and J.D. Mackie (1887-1978).

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