I came across this sentence in Froude's English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century discussing the actions of Queen Elizabeth...
She preferred to let her subjects discover for themselves that the terrible Spaniard before whom the whole world trembled was but a colossus stuffed with clouts.
I was wondering what a clout was. Consulting the dictionary here produces a number of meanings, including a strong blow, an archery target and a piece of cloth, but none of these seem to fit, nor does the slang meaning of a turd (as in horse clouts).
Does anyone know what a clout could be in this context?