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Joan of Arc

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German artist Hermann Anton Stilke's "Joan of Arc's Death at the Stake." |

Born in 1412, St. Joan of Arc was the famous young French woman known for her military exploits against English invaders during the Hundred Years’ War.

Joan claimed that while a child, she heard the voices of saints from the past telling her to take up arms on the side of France against the English.

“At first the messages were personal and general, but when she was 13 years old, she was in her father's garden and had visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, each of whom told her to drive the English from French territory,” noted Catholic.org.

From 1429-1430, she amassed a series of victories against the English and their allies, before being captured by the Burgundians and then sold to the English, who executed her at age 19.

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