Joan of Arc was a peasant girl in France.
During the Hundred Years War, England invaded France. By 1429, the British occupied most of northern France. Orleans was the only French city that
remained loyal to the King of France. When the British attacked, most folks figured that Orleans would fall and France would become part of England.
Joan of Arc had visions from God suggesting that she should retake her homeland from the British.
She led the French army to victory
At 17, she convinced the King of France to let her lead the French army. Dressed as a knight, she led the French army to victory over the English. She
won the Battle of Orleans and was nicknamed the “Maid of Orleans.” She then insisted that the yet uncrowned King of France be crowned in the cathedral at Reims.
In 1431, the British captured Joan of Arc and burned her at the stake.
She was only 19 years old.