The Windsors at War – new book and publication date

‘The activities of the Duke of Windsor on the continent in recent months have been causing HM and myself grave uneasiness as his inclinations are well known to be pro-Nazi, and he may become a centre of intrigue.’
Winston Churchill, July 1940

The new book from Alexander Larman, The Windsors at War: The Nazi Threat to the Crown, will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK on 7 March 2023 and St Martin’s Press in the US on 18 April 2023. Telling the previously untold story of the uneasy relationship between the Royal Family, the Nazis and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, it’s rich in fascinating and never-before-told detail about precisely what happened behind closed doors at a time of national crisis.

Advance praise:

A worthy successor to Larman’s excellent account of the Abdication Crisis, exhaustively researched and written with wit and brio, The Windsors at War proves conclusively that the Duke of Windsor betrayed both his brother King George VI and his country. If there is ever a prequel to Netflix’s The Crown, it should be based on this book. Saul David

As profound and exhilarating as it is revelatory – and it is highly revelatory. Larman is a natural-born storyteller with a keen eye for a precious anecdote. I relished this. Daisy Dunn, author of Not Far From Brideshead: Oxford Between the Wars

Alexander Larman’s masterful follow-up to The Crown in Crisis combines thrilling action scenes with political skulduggery and intimate character studies of everyone from King George VI to his brother and nemesis, the Duke of Windsor. Deeply researched, fascinating and compelling from start to finish.Dan Jones, author of Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

The definitive version of how the Royal Family behaved in World War Two, by turns fast paced and furious. I couldn’t put it down, except for occasional gasps of incredulity. Larman combines forensic investigative skills with some beautiful prose as he lays out in grim, unremitting detail how the Windsors wavered at critical moments in the war. What a story this is, and what a family. Anne Sebba, author of Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy

Alexander Larman’s The Windsors at War is genuinely revealing, politically insightful, scrupulously researched, and has the narrative pace of a champion thoroughbred. It is also an eloquent study of two royal brothers, and of duty and betrayal. Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers

UK readers can pre-order here:

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