Karl Simrock was a poet primarily known for his translations. He also did indeed write the book Alma was reading, the “Handbook of German Mythology.” We were unable to find an English translation online, but the German one is here, and it is very very German. Interestingly, he also translated the work of Walther von der Vogelweide, who was previously quoted in this very tumblr. Coincidence? Yes.
Heinrich Schliemann was an archaeologist and also, according to Allison, ‘the biggest douche.’ She also claims to have included him as a mere shout-out that means nothing. This information we offer to you, dear readers; do with it what you will I guess.
Wilhelm Kraus is completely made up in spite of what a google search might try to tell you. We will respond with “Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.” Don’t think we won’t.
We found it practical to invent a scholar whose “books” would say whatever we needed them to say. The alleged Herr Kraus has proved very useful so far; he may be appearing again.