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Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc was a young woman who led the French army to victory over the British in a crucial battle during the Hundred Years' War and is hailed as a heroine of France. Born into a simple peasant family in France, Joan is believed to have experienced divine visions of archangels and saints from the time she was a young girl. As the daughter of highly religious parents, Joan too was inclined towards God and religion from an early age and experiencing divine visions further strengthened her faith.
Provided with several military men by the Dauphin, she led the French army in war against the English and emerged victorious. A year later she was captured by the enemies and put on trial for witchcraft, declared guilty and burned at the stake. The Hundred Years' War carried on for 22 years after her death. After the war ended, a posthumous retrial of Joan of Arc was ordered. The trial pronounced her innocent and on 7 July 1456 she was declared a martyr.
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