Theodore von Neuhoff, King of Corsica: The Man Behind the Legend. |
"A visionary and a madman" was how one British statesman, Lord Carteret, described Theodore von
“A visionary and a madman” was how one British statesman, Lord
Carteret, described Theodore von Neuhoff.
This exciting biography, Theodore von Neuhoff, King of Corsica: The Man behind the Legend by Julia Gasper,
traces the unlikely career of the German baron who in 1736 had himself proclaimed and crowned King of
Theodore von Neuhoff’s career spanned the entire continent and his
role in the Corsican rebellion against Genoa was as bold and unconventional as everything else in his life. Mixing
with royalty, rogues and rabble, he was successively a soldier, secret agent, Jacobite, speculator, alchemist,
cabbalist, Rosicrucian, astrologer, fraudster, and spy. He had changed his name several times, abducted a nun and
seen the inside of several prisons before turning his hand to revolution.
Neuhoff had daring far-sighted ideas about religious tolerance and
the abolition of slavery that turned the Corsican rebellion into a significant political event with repercussions
way beyond the shores of one small island. Denounced as an arch-criminal, traitor and seditious heretic, he
survived pursuit by the agents of the Genoese Republic for twenty years with a price on his head, dodging
assassination attempts while meeting countless famous and fascinating people.
Valuable to the British as a political tool against the French, he
spent his old age in relative comfort in an English debtors’ prison. Theodore von Neuhoff, King of Corsica argues that despite all his eccentricity
Neuhoff was still a significant Enlightenment figure. Due: to be
published by University of Delaware Press, USA, 1 November 2012.
- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: University of Delaware Press (1 Jan 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611494400
- ISBN-13: 978-1611494402
About the Author
Julia Gasper, PhD has taught for the
Stanford University Programme in Oxford, the University of Roehampton, Surrey and St. Bonaventure University,
She is an editor of
the Oxford University Press edition of the Plays of
Thomas Middleton and a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National
She has given several
public talks and lectures on the subject of King Theodore, notably at the Université de Corse Pascal Paoli in
2004, at ADECEC in Cervione, Corsica in 2005, and the annual BSECS conference at Oxford University in
Dr. Gasper wrote this
book with help from the M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation for Mediterranean Studies.