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A Woman of Valour

The Biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle · Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters

by Claire Trépanier


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A Woman of Valour is the biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle, a French-Canadian woman who found love with a priest thirty-three years her senior. Against all social convention, they lived, produced three children, and built a life together after fleeing their village.However, after several years together, Bouchard's husband ultimately chose to return to the priesthood, abandoning his family as a result. Through interviews and documentation, Claire Trépanier tells Bouchard's story of survival while highlighting the history of women's stature in Canada, and raising a question about the celibacy of Catholic priests.

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Athabasca University Press
AU Press
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Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


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Claire Trépanier (Author)

Claire Trépanier lives in Ottawa.  Her interest in travel, teaching, and international development led her to participate in the conception and co-creation of the TV series Gens d'ici, Gens d'ailleurs, which aired on TCV Outaouais from September t...

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