King receives empress crown

A Summerland woman has been crowned empress of an international medieval alliance.

Anthony DeRivi

Anthony DeRivi

A Summerland woman has been crowned empress of an international medieval alliance.

Judith King, known in the Adrian Empire as Gabriele Silverhand, received the crown earlier this month in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Adrian Empire consists of people who meet regularly to play games from the medieval era.

These involve medieval arts, science, chivalry, sword fighting, archery, bardic, clothing and foods.

King and her husband Kevin formed the first Canadian chapter of the empire 10 years ago in Vernon. When they relocated to Summerland, they moved the chapter to the South Okanagan.

There are now around 50 members in the South Okanagan and another 25 in Vernon.

King has also served on the board of directors for the association for the past two years.

The coronation is a prestigious event within the Adrian Empire, she said. She added that she is the first Canadian to receive the honour.

The next event for the local chapter of the Adrian Empire is the November Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 126 Fish Lake Rd.

The symposium event, which begins at noon, will focus on arts, science and general education.