Jacque le Saige, a silk merchant from Douai, wrote of his visit to Famagusta, although he had his facts wrong:
We were greatly astonished to see so strong a city. For vessels cannot come nigh by reason of the rocks, and the walls too are terribly thick and there are fosses lined with masonry along the town. Hence you may gather that one may attack it from without yet be unable to injure the city. It is small and has the most beautiful houses possible but they were destroyed what time the king of England took vengeance for his sister whom the King of Cyprus had killed, thinking to debauch her, but the good lady who was returning from the holy voyage, had fain rather suffer death.