Joan of Arc, a peasant girl, was the daughter of a tenant farmer. At the time, France had long been torn apart by a bitter conflict with England.
During this caotic time in France, at the age of 13, Joan began to hear voices, which she determined had been sent by God to give her a mission to save France by expelling its enemies, and to install Charles as its rightful king.
Joan Distigused herself as a boy and went to the nearest fort to ask for soilders. Charles eventualy let her fight in the war. Her first challenge was to free Orleans from the English. She led a group of soilders to Orleans.
With no king to help lead them, Joan was left with 300 soilders to help her fight the rest of the English army. When the towns mayor saw English troops approaching French territory he closed the drawbridge trapping Joan outside.
The Catholic Church put Joan in the Trial in Rouen for witchcraft and heresy. The court made 70 accusations against Joan. In May Joan signed a confession.
After Joan confessed, she was sentenced to death by burning at the stake. Joans family requested that the pope reopen her case. The pope did reopen Joans case and found her innocent, of all charges. She did however, inspired her country to restore the throne.