A merchant of London, Master Laurence Aldersey, during his first voyage to the East included his views on Cyprus:

The second day of August we arrived in Cyprus, at a towne called Missagh (Larnaca): the people there be very rude, and like beasts, and no better, they eat their meat sitting upon the ground, with their legges a crosse like tailors, their beds for the most part be hard stones, but yet some of them have faire mattraces to lie upon.