New exhibition Rebel Girls
In 2020 the cultural association Christinas Wänner at Christinehof castle celebrates that it’s 300 years since Christina Piper moved to Skåne. The castle opens on May 16th – with all required rules for the containment of covid19.
Christina Piper became the ancestor of many women. The exhibition Rebel Girls tells of Christina Piper’s wild descendants and grandchildren Stina Piper and Christina Sofia Bielke, and great-grandchildren Magdalena Rudenschöld and Aurora Taube – four girls who swirled around and made their mark on 18th-century court life, culture and politics.
Rebel Girls – The party girl, the spy, the mistress and the conspirator – the wild 18th-century heirs to Christina Piper.
Stina Piper: Christina Piper’s beautiful granddaughter who marries at Christina’s Krageholm, soon becomes a widow and heir to Skarhult, one of the 18th-century party girls who lives with her cousin Carl Ribbing and becomes the mother of three “illegitimate” children by him. She leaves the children with her lover when she marries into the supreme power elite of Sweden, but underneath the glossy surface, a tragedy hides.
Christina Sofia Bielke: Political activist and French spy who grows up with grandmother Christina Piper at Krageholm. Christina Sofia marries her love Carl Rudenschöld, holds political salons and meetings at home, financed by France, which secretly remunerates her with 6000 Swedish crowns per year. Translated into today’s monetary value, a rather big annual salary of almost three and a half million Swedish crowns.
Magdalena Rudenschöld: Beautiful and talented daughter of Christina Sofia, a free-spirited woman who grows up with new ideas and currents in culture, science and politics. Magdalena becomes a maid of honor at king Gustav III’s court, and mistress of the king’s favorite, Gustav Maurice Armfeldt. But after Gustav III’s death, she is accused of conspiring against the new regime and sentenced to death. The sentence is converted to prison and Magdalena becomes Sweden’s first female political prisoner in an apartment cell at the Långholmen prison.
Aurora Taube: “As long as there are no masquerade parties, I can stay away from men, but when that time comes I cannot resist.” Adorable Aurora was a great granddaughter of Christina Piper. Aurora marries count de Geer at Finspång castle, a man twice her age. The castle became, under Aurora’s leadership, a meeting place for culture; Aurora often found herself in the lead role in the theater and dance performances – she was a brilliant star both at Finspång and the court. But where was she buried?