Who needs a princess crown when you can have a Viking shield? Thanks to her historian dad, this girl turned gender norms on their head at her school's Medieval feast.
Well known British historian, podcast and tv host Dan Snow must be brimming with pride for his daughter Zia.
While her peers donned typically whimsical rig-outs, Snow's 7-year-old daughter instead opted to play the part of a viking fleet commander named The Red Girl.
Snow, the son of legendary newsreader Peter, previously said his daughter has a keen thirst for knowledge and is hopefully a "historian in the making."
My daughter had a 'medieval feast' at school yesterday. Mostly, the boys went as knights, the girls as princesses.— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) April 24, 2018
She went as the Viking fleet commander, 'The Red Girl' briefly referred to in the 12th C 'The War of the Irish with the Foreigners.'
In the late 10th century there were 30 yrs with 16 viking fleets. The chronicle says there were 'countless sea vomitings of ships, and boats and fleets, so that there was not a harbour.... in all Munster, without fleets of Dane ships and pirates.'— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) April 24, 2018
"Lastly the fleet of of the Red Girl. And assuredly the evil which Erinn [Ireland] had hitherto suffered was nothing compared to the evil inflicted by these parties."— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) April 24, 2018
According to National Geographic, The Red Girl, also known as Inghen Ruaidh, was one of many female vikings who fought in the 10th century.
Sadly, strong female leaders from the viking era are often overlooked in history.
Becky Gowland, a lecturer on archeology at Durham University, told The Guardian that one of the biggest mistakes archaeologists make when uncovering the remains of vikings buried with their weapons is assuming they were all male.
"I think that's a mistake the archeologists make quite often. When we do that, we're just reproducing the past," Gowland said.
Zia, born in 2011, is the daughter of Snow and Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor.
Lady Grosvenor is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, one of the richest families in Britain.
The mother-of-three devoted much of her life, and trust fund, to improving services for prisoners in Britain.