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Who Do You Think You Are, Klaus von dem Eberbach?

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Intro – or Why the heck are you doing this crazy thing?

It all started back in 2010 when, during the process of plotting a historical AU with the Eroica characters (the Scarlet Pimpernel fusion), I realized that I needed to know precisely where Klaus fit into the Habsburg family and also where a certain painting would be located at that point in time.  I also realized just how intriguing Klaus’ background is, even for a fictional character.  Dorian is interesting too, too, but for different reasons: there has never been an earldom of that name which allows for many possibilities as far as family and location of Gloria are concerned.  But Klaus comes from a real city, Eberbach, and has stated (if vague) connections to a real historical family, and that makes his background intriguing in a different way.  So, since I am an amateur genealogist, I decided to approach this as I have done my own family tree, and try to track down answers these questions:

  • Where did the von dem Eberbachs come from?
  • How is Klaus connected to Tyrian Persimmon?
  • How is Klaus’ family connected to the Habsburgs?

I hope you enjoy the results of my “investigation” as much as I did.  Your mileage may vary.  I would be delighted to hear other thoughts in the comments section.