Corsica once had its very own king, albeit briefly.
Theodore Von Neuhoff was elected King Theodore I of Corsica in March 1736. Despite issuing edicts, minting coins, forming a knighthood, "the Order of Deliverance" and freeing all these imprisoned by the Genoese his reign ended in November in the very same year it began. With a history of financial misdeeds he once again failed to raise funds and fled to Amsterdam and was jailed for not paying his debts.
He tried again to reclaim his throne in 1743 but to no avail. He died in 1756 and his body interred at St Anne's church in Soho, London. A plaque in the church building is inscribed, Theodore King of Corsica.
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