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Should the Duke of Windsor have been tried for treason?

21 August 2021

9:00 AM

21 August 2021

9:00 AM

Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor Andrew Lownie

Blink Publishing, pp.352, 25

Tea With Hitler: The Secret History of the Royal Family and the Third Reich Dean Palmer

The History Press, pp.288, 20

In Traitor King, Andrew Lownie shows how the Duke of Windsor — the former Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1936 — gave aid and comfort to his country’s enemies before and during the second world war. Reading this meticulously researched book, it seems extraordinary that he remained at liberty. A less deferential society would have interned him in 1940 along with the followers of his friend Oswald Mosley, most of whom were far less dangerous.

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