A Hero Set on Fire
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc also know as "The Maid of Orleans" was born on January 6, 1412 in Domremy, France. On the battle ground she was considered brave and fearless. After being captured by the English, she was tortured and burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 at the age of 19.
From the age of 13 she started having visions and hearing voices that she believed to be saints. Joan was told by the voices that it was her divine mission to free her country from the English and help the dauphin gain the French throne. At the age of 15, she lead French soldiers to victory over the English at the Battle of Orleans. "One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying." -Joan of Arc
She helps Charles VII become the king of France during the 100 Years War. She also helped the French army to numerous victories against the English. Although Joan of Arc was a peasant girl, she was considered a French national hero and a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. After the voices she heard told her the it was her mission to free her country, she decided to cut her long hair and dress in men's clothing. She had the respect of all the men who served under her for her leadership and bravery.
Biography: Joan of Arc - Virgin Warrior Dressed as a Man