Who needs a princess crown when you can have a Viking shield?
Dan Snow, a well-known British historian, podcaster and tv host, was brimming with pride when his daughter Zia opted to dress as a Viking warrior for her school's medieval feast.
While her peers donned typically whimsical rig-outs, Snow's 7-year-old daughter instead played 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."
He explained what happened over on Twitter:
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.'
"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
This wasn't young Zia's first time impersonating a Viking, however. Snow has previously shared glimpses of his daughter's fascination with Viking warriors:
One of the (few) disadvantages of strict gender blind parenting is when your daughter smashes you in the mouth with her Viking axe.— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) November 5, 2015
That proud moment when your daughter roars into a 5th birthday party full of princesses, wearing a Viking outfit, wielding axe and shield— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) November 29, 2015
Who is 'The Red Girl' in Viking history?
National Geographic reports: "One early tenth-century Irish text tells of Inghen Ruaidh (“Red Girl”), a female warrior who led a Viking fleet to Ireland."
Sadly, strong female leaders from the Viking era are often overlooked in history.
Becky Gowland, a lecturer of 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.