History Of Aethelmearc

The kingdom of Aethelmearc is one of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) domains, an organization focused on recreating the Pre-seventeen century community and culture. Aethelmearc was initially a principality under the East Kingdom – a kingdom under the SCA, between 1989 and 1997. Aethelmearc was officially formed and recognized as a kingdom in the year 1997.

Interesting facts attribute the Kingdom of Aethelmearc. One was how the name Aethelmearc originated and evolved into being. The other is the kingdom’s territory, which is an embodiment of some important cities in the modern-day United States. This article would talk in bits, some of these amazing facts about the modern-day kingdom of Pre-seventeen culture recreated by the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Evolution of the Principality of Aethelmearc

Aethelmearc began as a struggle to become a principality under the East Kingdom in 1975. The kingdom’s battle began with its leadership establishing newsletters to inform and raise conversations between the people. The newsletter, known as Amstel, was used to educate people about the Principality’s workings and everything required to make Aethelmearc, a principality under the East Kingdom. The conversations also dealt with how the Principality will be governed.

A significant conversation that happened was on the determination of the name of the Principality. The name Aethelmearc was not the first one that was decided on. The Principality had initially been named the Principality of the Lakes-, which was rejected because of its potential conflict with the Lake District of England. The name Aethelmearc was finally adopted in September 1989 after several backs and forth, and deliberations between the leadership of the Principality and the people. 

In 1989, a poll was conducted after the Seneschal of the East sent a petition, and the Aethelmearc was recognized and officially became a principality under the East Kingdom.

The Journey to Becoming a Kingdom

In 1993, the Principality began a movement to become a Kingdom of its own. The campaign started with just an expression of intent. However, with time, conscious steps to become a kingdom were made with the proposal of laws. A petition was put forward to the East Kingdom to express the Principality’s intent, and that birthed a poll conducted in 1996. Over 800 members of the Principality wanted the transition into a kingdom, and it became incumbent on the East Kingdom to put machinery in place to make that happen.

The kingdom’s first king and queen were elected, after a Crown Tournament was conducted in September 1997, by the East Kingdom. The first king and queen were Crown Prince Yngvar, who won the Crown tournament, with his bride, Crown Princess Caryl, as the queen. The enthronement of Crown Prince Yngvar began the Kingdom of Aethelmearc. 

After their installation, the kingdom created Peerages and made Kingdom orders of high merit, which were essential titles that shaped the kingdom’s history, governance, and nobility.

Territories and the Mode of Governance

The Kingdom of Aethelmearc is geographically situated in the United States of America. It covers the following places;

  • West Virginia
  • Western Pennsylvania
  • Central and North-Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Western New York 
  • Central New York

These five regions are divided into thirty (30) shires, cantons, and dominions. Dukes govern these shires.

The kingdom of Aethelmearc is headed by a monarch, the king, and the queen. The monarch appoints dukes to govern the shires, cantons, and dominions that fall the kingdom’s territory’s purview. The domain has about 33 officers appointed by the king. These officers are part of the decision making of the empire.

The Pennsic Treaty

An essential part of the Kingdom of Aethelmearc’s history is the Pennsic war. The war was a tradition among the SCA. During the transition of Aethelmearc into a Kingdom, there were fears that it will affect the battle. This was because; the venue (Barony-Marche of Debatable Lands, Principality of Aethelmearc, at Cooper’s Lake Campground) for the event was going to be territory under the new kingdom.

This led to the Pennsic treaty. The treaty was earmarked as part of the conditions precedent needed for the establishment of the kingdom. It allowed the war to continue as at the extended age custom without any interference in the Kingdom of Aethelmearc. 


As of 2021, the Kingdom of Aethelmearc has had forty-six (46) Kings and Queens. By the start of January 2021, the kingdom had been in existence for over 23 years. The domain has had many changes over the years, which included her participation as one of the allies of the East Kingdom in the Pennsic War. Overall, there seems to be a positive assurance that Aethelmearc would grow in territory and allies.

About Us

The new year is here, and with aspirations, we dream for even brighter future. Just over the years, we became fascinated by the idea of informing the world about the Sylvan Kingdom, well known as the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, and its annual events. 

We trust firmly that this initiative ensures a brighter tomorrow. Over the years, we nurtured a people-engaged and collaborative culture to attest to the importance of the Kingdom of Aethelmearc. Thus, powering pieces of collective and rich history for the longest time for old time participants and newbies interested in getting to know about the rich Bayeux of the Sylvan Kingdom. We should preserve our past to reflect constituents of the social, economic, political, and archeological history of the Kingdom of Aethelmearc. 

All these thanks to you who dedicated your time to come and get to know about Us. We are also grateful to the world-class team who believe in Us, partner with us and bring expertise to help achieve our Mission and Vision.


The job of archiving our history is a large one; the pieces well put together blend perfectly okay to showcase the abundance of the Kingdom. Before the founding of the Kingdom, it was a Principality of the East Kingdom between December 1989 and September 1997. 

There was a movement to become a Kingdom, which slowly began in (1993-94). As of 15th Coronet on May 26 (1996) in the Shire of Coppertree in the reign of Caryl and Yngvar II, 14th Coronets, there was suggested laws and petitions which had been prepared, and voting started on that very Memorial Day weekend 1996. 

As of late June, some 900 members of the Principality conveyed their support for a Kingdom. The move of becoming a Kingdom firmly ongoing, there was some distress in the Kingdoms of the Midrealm and the East over the destiny of the Pennsic War, which was a 25-year tradition between these two dominant kingdoms, since the site where the event held would be in the new Kingdom of Aethelmearc. 

The Kingdom of Aethelmearc comprises the modern areas of central and western New York, west and central Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. It was once the region of the west of our parent, the Kingdom of the East. The expedition of Aethelmearc to become a kingdom was set with the establishment of Marche-Debatable Lands, which originates its name from the lands in the same location during wars of England and Scotland 16th century, in September 1973. Its boundaries were roughly corresponding to modern-day Aethelmearc, not including Pennsylvania and a few in New York. It is only a portion of what was preserved, what’s waiting to be discovered, and even awaits rediscovery.


Experience the culture and magic of this historical destination by discovering the Kingdom of Aethelmearc. Every individual has a right to feel safe, secure, and have his own space. Being so is said information is power. It’s the guiding philosophy behind our work that reinforces our belief that history makes you smarter, sets you down in control, and gives you the rich data you need. We are committed to nurturing the history that guards, enable, and has a significant effect on folks, families, and societies worldwide. Aethelmearc is the best travel destination for you and your family. All are welcome to experience the rich culture and archeological history of our Kingdom.