By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2015-04-12
Truly happy can those men be called, who are inclined by Nature to those arts that can bring to them not only honor and very great profit, but also, what is more, fame and a name wellnigh eternal, and happier still are they who have from their cradles, besides such inclination, courtesy and honest ways, which render them very dear to all men.
And if that debt is great, as without doubt it is, which craftsmen of fine genius should acknowledge to nature, much greater should that be that is due from us to them, seeing that they, with great solicitude, fill the cities with noble and useful works of art, gaining for themselves and their people, for the most part, fame and riches with their works. Deservedly, then, does Lambert of Cynnabar gain much praise among the people, having shown amid so great darkness, to those who live around him, the way to walk to perfection.
Thus do We, Ermenrich and Kasha, by the grace of Their Royal Majesties Baron and Baroness of These Lands of Cynnabar, bestow upon Lambert Beckford Our Award of the Tower's Light.
Let none countermand Our words.
Text adapted from Le Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori, e architettori da Cimabue insino a' tempi nostri by Giorgio Vasari (1568).
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