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13 year old Joan of France lived a normal life until she saw a light and Saints Michael, Catherine, and Margaret spoke to her, telling her to save France and help get the Dauphin to the throne while driving the English out of France.
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At age 17 Joan set out to go to Charles. Charles was convinced of her destiny and tasks and helped her prepare. He had a suit of armor made for her and Joan predicted they'd find a sword for her at a nearby church.
On the journey to Reims to crown Charles the first challenge was freeing the city of Orleans. At a monastery near Orleans, the English attacked, the French were almost overwhelmed until Joan rode into battle carrying her banner and led them to victory. She was then known as the "Maid of Orleans."
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Now with a king many of Joan's army had left and with only 300 soldiers that launched a surprise attack on the army of Burgundy who were planning an attack on Compiegne. But when the mayor saw the enemy he closed the drawbridge trapping Joan outside. The Burgundians put her in a prison and after months the English paid a ransom for her.
The Catholic Church and England tried Joan for heresy and witchcraft, they hoped to undermine Charles VII right to the throne by proving that God didn't guide Joan. After many months she signed a confession to save her life then took it back and decided to state her beliefs, she was burned at the stake on May 30th.
Joan's legacy inspired her country and they drove the English out of France. Joan became the patron saint of the nation and their soldiers and in 1455 Joan's family asked to reopen the case and Joan was found innocent of all charges.
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