Joan of Arc
Known to be the most famous heroine in European history.
Joan of Arc lived from 1412 to 1431, during the Hundred Years War. When she was about 12, she started to experience visions of angels and saints, urging her to lead the armies of France. She became famous from her accurate predictions of the future and from leading the French out of a devastating end to the conflict. She was later captured by enemies and held in a men's prison for over a year, when in 1431 she burned at stake, accused of witchcraft.