Sir Edgar Speyer was a conspicuous figure in the financial, cultural, social and political life of Edwardian London.
In the early summer of 1914 Speyer and his wife, the concert violinist Leonora Speyer, stood at the peak of their success and celebrity in London society. However within weeks, at the outbreak of WW1 they became objects of suspicion and aversion. In 1921 a judicial enquiry found Speyer guilty of disloyalty and disaffection and of communicating and trading with the enemy and he was stripped of his citizenship.
The downfall of Sir Edgar Speyer has been described as `a minor tragedy of the war'. This book is the first detailed account of the episode. It re-examines the Speyer case from documents newly released, presents the evidence and invites the reader to decide whether Sir Edgar was an innocent victim, a scapegoat, or a traitor to his adopted country.