In 1425, at the age of 13, Joan, a peasant girl, started to hear the voices of saints. This wasn't unheard of back then and the saints told her to help Charles VII become king and free France from the English
Who is that? Are saints speaking to me? I should save France?
Joan set out at the age of 17, disguised as a boy, to find Charles. She asked for soldiers from a commander to protect her and set off. Charles knew she was coming and disguised himself to test her.
Sir! I need soldiers to help save France!
Once having an army and the permission of Charles, Joan would take on the English as the Battle of Orleans. It was feared that if the French lost Orleans they would lose all of France. When they were on the verge of defeat Joan strode in and they soon overwhelmed the English. They stormed the city walls and the English were forced to retreat.
Callisto Ray, Humanities B3
With the help of Joan, Charles became the king of France. When France once again had a king many soldiers abandoned Joan's army, leaving her 300 to 6,000 at Compiegne. Joan prepared a surprise attack but the French were overwhelmed and retreated. The town mayor, seeing the troops approaching, closed their gates, leaving Joan to be caputured by the Burgundians, only to later be ransomed to the English.
Of course, my Lord
Thank you Joan. Yes, I can do as you wish.
Once captured, the English and the Catholic Church accused Joan of witchcraft and heresy. If they proved Joan wasn't guided by God it would undermine Charles' throne. She had to sign a confession to stay alive but several days later took back her words, staying with her beliefs.
You are accused of several crimes against the English!
What? I deny all these crimes!
On May 30, 1431, crowds gathered to watch Joan be burned at stake. Therefore, Charles VII remained king and eventually forced the English out of France. In 1455, however, Joan's case was reopened to find she was innocent of all charges. Then, in 1920, Joan of Arc was declared a saint that inspired her country.