Queen of the East in the news

Allison Hewett isn't Queen anymore, but that's OK with her. Known until recently in the East Kingdom as Queen Alethea Eastriding, Hewett was interviewed by Keith Whitcomb Jr., a staff writer for the Bennington (NY) Banner about what it is like to be Queen of a "fantasy kingdom," and what it is like to give up your throne.

Whitcomb writes: "While Hewett's status as queen doesn't afford her any real world authority, within the confines of SCA rules, her word is law. Most of her duties involve granting awards to SCA members who do well in combat or perform a service to the SCA, but she also may be called upon to settle disputes. 'Most of the problems I end up having to put down involve people,' she said."