A controversial new biopic about T. Lawrence suggests British secret service may have murdered the famous desert warrior. The British army officer and archeologist, the desert warrior of Lawrence of Arabia fame who played a key role in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire a century ago, died in a motorcycle accident in England in May , at the age of In an email to FoxNews. Lawrence of Arabia, early 20th century. Artist: Unknown.
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How the death of Lawrence of Arabia led to the use of the motorcycle helmet
A baronetcy followed in In Thomas married Edith, Anglo-Irish and evangelical. The marriage was miserable. The couple had four daughters. Unknown to her employers she was the illegitimate daughter of an alcoholic Scottish servant-woman, Elizabeth Jenner, and John Lawrence, a Sunderland shipwright. Three years later, cruising down Grafton Street in a barouche, Mrs Chapman spotted Sarah on the pavement. She hired a private detective who discovered Sarah and Thomas were lovers and had a son.
T. E. Lawrence
The brutal sex attack by Turkish soldiers on Lieutenant-Colonel T. Lawrence, allegedly while he was the British liaison officer during the Arab revolt, was considered so contentious that the British Army covered it up. But a new history of the revolt against the Ottoman Turks claims Lawrence invented the attack to smear political opponents and fulfil sado-masochistic urges. Although Lawrence recounted some detail of the attack in his memoir, Seven Pillars of Wisdom , the pages of his diary covering the time the incident allegedly happened were ripped out.
In recent years the life and achievements of Thomas Edward Lawrence have been somewhat overshadowed by controversial claims published in posthumous biographies concerning his sexual orientation, accusations that he had been a closet or self repressed homosexual. The claim was first made by author Richard Aldington 20 years after his death, controversial at the time because none of Lawrence's friends or family supported it. In the wake of his being immortalized in the David Lean classic Lawrence of Arabia a host of other biographers rode Aldington's coat tails, making the titillating claim that he had been both homosexual and sadomasochistic. Claims seemingly given credence by newspaper interviews with privates of the Tank Corps who confessed to having had flogged Lawrence at his solicitation between to , combined they set the seal on the alleged secret life of Lawrence of Arabia.