Thomas Edward Lawrence, later known as Lawrence of Arabia, read history at Jesus College Oxford. As part of his degree, he was required to submit a special thesis - Lawrence chose medieval military architecture as a subject. He embarked on a cycling tour of France in the summer of 1908 undertaking research equipped with a camera and sketchpad.

Lawrence had previously visited France in 1907 and this collection includes a selection of photographs of castles, cathedrals, bridges and fortifications from these tours. The photographs came into the possession of Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart - a friend and biographer of Lawrence.



Specific Place(s)

Hautefort, Mont St Michel, Gaillard, Fougères, Montreuil Bonnin, Jersey, Coutances, Dinan, Cassou, Aigues-Mortes, Beauvais, Carcassonne, France

Relevant people

Thomas Edward Lawrence

Specific keywords

château, castle, fortification, architecture, medieval, medieval history, fortress, arch, cloister, tomb, dolmen, prehistoric monument, cathedral, stoup, statue, ruins

Archive reference

Liddell Hart 9/13/71

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