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  •  Robert the Bruce and the Spider (6+ / 0-)
    According to a legend, at some point while he was on the run during the winter of 1306–07, Bruce hid in a cave on Rathlin Island off the north coast of Ireland, where he observed a spider spinning a web, trying to make a connection from one area of the cave's roof to another. Each time the spider failed, it began again until it succeeded. Inspired by this, Bruce returned to inflict a series of defeats on the English, thus winning him more supporters and eventual victory. The story serves to illustrate the maxim: "if at first you don't succeed, try try try again." Other versions have Bruce in a small house watching the spider try to make its connection between two roof beams;[72] or, defeated for the seventh time by the English, watching the spider make its attempt seven times, succeeding on the eighth try.[citation needed]
    But this legend appears for the first time in only a much later account, "Tales of a Grandfather" by Sir Walter Scott, and may have originally been told about his companion-in-arms Sir James Douglas (the "Black Douglas"), who had spent time hiding out in caves within his manor of Lintalee, which was then occupied by the English. The entire account may in fact be a version of a literary trope used in royal biographical writing. A similar story is told, for example, in Jewish sources about King David, and in Persian folklore about the Mongolian warlord Tamerlane and an ant.[73]
    •  Yes! (2+ / 0-)
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      Linda1961, gmoke

      I left that out here, but if you follow the link at the end of the piece to my own site, I mentioned Robert the Bruce and the Spider. Robert the Bruce has a slightly better overall reputation than Timur, I'd imagine, except maybe in Ireland.

      If this was to your liking, please

      by fasteddie9318 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:17:24 PM PST

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