Davies, a native of Hereford, travelled to Rome by sea from Cornwall and then went on to Algiers and Tunis. On his return to England he wrote an account of his travels. Cyprus is described in chapter 8.
A Trve Relation Of The Travailes and most miserable Captiuitie of William Dauies, Barber-Surgion of London, vnder the Duke of Florence. Wherein is truly set downe the manner of his taking, the long time of his slauerie, and meanes of his deliuerie, after eight yeeres, and ten moneths Captiuitie in the Gallies. Discouering many mayne Landes, Ilandes, Riuers, Cities, and townes, of the Christians and Infidels, the condition of the people, and the manner of their Countrey: with many more strange things, as in the Booke is briefely and plainely expressed. By William Dauies, Barber-Surgion of London, and borne in the Citie of Hereford. London: Printed for Nicholas Bourne, and are to be sold at the South-entrance of the Royall Exchange. 1614.