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A Woman of Valour: The Biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle

Author: Claire Trépanier
Source: Directory of Open Access Books
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781897425848||9781897425855
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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.