County of Eberstein

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County of Eberstein
Grafschaft Eberstein
State of the Holy Roman Empire

1085–1660
 

 


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Capital Alt Ebersteina
Neu Ebersteinb
Government County
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Established 1085
 -  Sold land to Baden 1387
 -  Comital line extinct,
    to Speyer and
    Württemberg
1660
a: Alt Eberstein is in Ebersteinburg, now an outlying district of Baden-Baden.
b: Neu Eberstein is now known as Schloss Eberstein, near Gernsbach.

The Counts of Eberstein were a family of nobility in the southwest of Germany. From 1085 up into the 13th century they lived in the castle known today as Alt Eberstein which lies on a mountain top between the valleys of the rivers Murg and Oos (in Ebersteinburg, now an outlying district of Baden-Baden). They then moved to Neu Eberstein, today known as Schloss Eberstein, near Gernsbach.

From 1085, the counts were Vögte of Reichenbach Priory.

After the financial ruin of Wolf von Eberstein in 1387, half of the family possessions had to be sold to the Margraves of Baden. When the last male member of the family died in 1660, the remaining possessions were taken over by the bishopric of Speyer and by the duchy of Württemberg.

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