- Femme sole
- During this period a woman was usually not considered independent: before marriage she was in her father's charge; on marriage, in her husband's. But a widow, esp. one left with money or property, was accepted as being independent. If she carried on her husband's business she was accepted as a femme sole = a woman alone. -Cf. Huckster
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.