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Trinoda Necessitas

The three contributions to which all lands were subject in Anglo-Saxon times, viz.- (1) Bryge-bot, for keeping bridges and high roads in repair; (2) Burg-bot, for Fyrd, for maintaining the military and keeping fortresses in repair; and (3) naval force of the kingdom.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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