Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven - Painting of Joan of Arc Departing Vaucouleurs
Joan of Arc departing Vaucouleurs by Jean-Jacques Sche. Joan was a simple peasant girl who claimed to hear the voices of saints telling her she must help the Dauphin gain the throne of France. This she did, leading armed men during the Hundred Years' War and inspiring her countrymen in the process. Joan was eventually captured by Burgundian forces who turned her over to English. An English court of Church officials tried her, and she was ultimately burned at the stake. She was 19 years old.