Saint Joan of Arc was born in Domremy in Lorraine, France, in 1412.
Until the age of seventeen, she lived the life of a simple shepherdess. At this time she was commanded by heavenly voices to lead the French armies against the English forces which had invaded France.
She did so with great success. Betrayed, she was tried by civil and ecclesiastical courts and condemned to death.
She was burned alive at the stake in Rouen, May 31, 1431. A later trial established her innocence and after due process she was declared a Saint in 1920. Saint Joan is the heavenly patroness of France.
Her feast occurs on May 30.
Learn more about Saint Joan of Arc at Maid of Heaven.