Don't the laws of Ine (West Saxon, 688-94) say ."We call up to seven men
'thieves'; from seven to thirty-five a 'band'; above that it is an 'army'"?
Sorry, I don't have the OE text to check what word is used for 'army' - but
if it's 'here', then Carole's certainly right - we don't need to expect a
*very* large group using the herepath at all.
Absolutely. Ine's laws use 'here' for over 35 men. A full semantic study
would consider (as far as possible) whether these guidelines were applicable
in other places and at other times.