Joan of Arc was an average Medieval girl from the 1400s, she went to mass and prayed a lot. At 13, she started hearing the voices of Saints. The voices were urging her to join the French army and put the dauphin on the throne.
Say WHAT Now?
France was in the middle of the 100 years war when Joan of Arc joined the French army. At age 17, she dressed as a boy for protection and went to aid the dauphin. At this time, the English controlled Northern France where the dauphin was to be crowned. This was a problem
I Am Here To Help The Dauphin
Joan's first task was freeing the city of Orleans. She had a special suit of armor made and a sword found under the altar of a local church. On May 14, they attacked a monastery where the English were. The French troops were losing until Joan galloped in and won. She was forever known as the "Maid of Orleans".
Orleans, Here We Come!
In a later battle against Burgundy, Joan was captured. Many soldiers had deserted her army once the dauphin was crowned king. The new king, who owed Joan so much, didn't even try to save her. Then, a few months later, Joan's ransom was paid by the English.
Keep moving, girlie
The English tried Joan for witchcraft and heresy. They tried everything to get information out of Joan that would undermine the king's power. She said that everything she did or said was because God told her to. In the end, she was found guilty.
You are GUILTY
Joan was burned at the stake at Rouen on May 30 for heresy and witchcraft. Many years later, her family asked the pope to reopen the case, and she was found innocent. After that, she was recognized as the patron saint of France and it's soldiers.