21. Errand of Mercy

INTRODUCTORY MINSTREL SONG: “Robin Hood has many guises, but the strangest on the list; was when he aided Anselm, as a pharmacist!"
SUMMARY: Saint Anthony's Fire is running rampant throughout Nottingham, and it's up to Little John and Robin to deliver much needed supplies to the city, in order to help the poor. However they are discovered and Robin is wounded in battle. It's up to Little John to save the day.
NOTE: St Anthony's fire, caused by Ergotism, was caught and spread by eating bread made from rye contaminated with the fungus ergot. Reported symptoms of the period include convulsions, vomiting, hallucinations and limbs turning black, as if burned by fire, and falling off before death. First reported in France in 994.