French folk heroine and Roman Catholic Saint, Joan of Arc was executed on May 30, 1431.
Nicknamed the “Maid of Orleans”, Joan of Arc was born into a peasant family in Domremy, France in 1412. She claimed divine guidance, starting to hear voices of saints, stating that St. Michael, St. Margaret, and St. Catherine began communicating with her when she was just 12.
At the tender age of 17, Joan joined the dauphin and his forces in the fight against the English King Henry VI, as advised by the voices of the saints. Following their guidance, Joan of Arc led the French army to victory over the British forces during the Hundred Years War.
Strong as she was, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and handed over to the British troops in 1430. She was subsequently put on trial for “insubordination and heterodoxy” and was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 at the age of 19.