Clough: The Autobiography by Brian Clough


By Brian Clough

For the final 3 many years, Brian Clough has been the main charismatic supervisor in football. although his expertise has earned him a fortune, he is still a working-class hero. Tactically great, Clough had an unequalled skill to encourage avid gamers, but he hasn't ever been faraway from controversy, and a few of his rows—particularly along with his long-standing managerial companion Peter Taylor—are the stuff of tabloid legend.

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Pretty clearly the author had some connection with Cologne. Who was the author? Winkelmann, noticing that a note, ffr M,• appears at the top of a folio near the end of the volume above this verse, conjectured that Matthew Paris might be the author. However, that chronicler probably was not born in Germany, and his associations in England are not known to have been with Germans. Very probably that notation simply recorded his ownership of the volume. One might conjecture that since the poems in this manuscript are almost entirely by Master Henry of Avranches he might be the author of this verse also.

His dates are not very accurate but he had the essential facts. 18 Over the authorship of the most famous work of our poet, his Life of St Francis, a long and interesting controversy raged. The poet's usual ill luck was probably responsible for there being any controversy at all: by an omission no reference to this Life in A (the only manuscript which gave the author's complete name) appeared in the index of the Cambridge University Library catalogue. An anonymous copy had been in the library at Assisi for centuries; its publication in 1882 opened the question of authorship.

J. Holzknecht, Literary Patronage la the Middle Ages (Philadelphia, 192S), devotes a chapter to English literary patrons of the Middle Ages, in which royal patronage bulks large. 7. J. C. Russell, 'Three Short Studies in Mediaeval Intellectual History,' Colorado College Publication (December, 1927), pp. 60-69. Other references are Holzknecht, Literary Patronage, p. 221; W. Stubbs, Seventeen Lectures, e t c . , (Oxford, 1887), p . 125; Mary Bateson, Mediaeval England (New lork, 1904), pp. 156-157.

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