Märta Helena Reenstierna
|Märta Helena Reenstierna|
|Residence||Årsta manor, Sweden|
|Other names||Märta Helena von Schnell, Årstafrun (English: "The Årsta lady")|
|Spouse(s)||Christian Henrik von Schnell (1733–1811)|
|Children||Hans Abraham von Schnell (1780–1812)|
Her diaries are considered as an important source for the life of the mistress at a Swedish manor in the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.
Märta Helena Reenstierna (16 September 1753 – 12 January 1841), also von Schnell, known as Årstafrun (English: "The Årsta lady"), was a Swedish diary writer. Her diaries were written in the period 1793–1839, and are kept at the archives of Nordiska museet in Stockholm. They were published in 1946–1953 as Årstadagboken (The Årsta diary). They are considered as an important source for the life of the mistress at a Swedish manor in the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.
Märta Helena Reenstierna was the spouse of Cavalry Captain Christian Henrik von Schnell (1733–1811). She had eight children, among whom only her son Hans Abraham became adults; he died in a riding accident in 1812. She was a personal friend and benefactor of Bellman, whom she helped financially on several occasions. Årsta was a relatively large estate with among other things a tobacco farm. She continued with the diary and the managing of the estate until she became blind in 1839.
Märta Helena Reenstierna was portrayed in the novel På Årstafruns tid (English: The times of the Årsta lady) by Lars Widding (1969).
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