Today by popular consensus marks the birth of Jeanne d’Arc, more commonly known as Joan of Arc, in Domrémy, France in the fifteenth century. Born a peasant, she was said to have been able to receive messages from the Divine, which helped her to lead the French Army in defeating the English during the Hundred Years War, where the French fought for their throne and the kingship of their rightful monarch, Charles VII. Before the war’s end, however, Joan was captured and taken to Normandy, where she was burned at the stake as a heretic on 30 May 1431, when she was barely nineteen years old. Canonized as a saint in 1920, she is one of France’s patron saints of martyrs, captives, prisoners, and soldiers.
1412 – Birth of Joan of Arc