Joan of Arc, also known as The Maid of Orleans, was said to have heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret. At first the messages were personal and general, but when she was 13-years-old, she was in her father's garden and had visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, each of whom told her to drive the English from French territory and instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The as-yet-unanointed King Charles VII sent Joan to the Siege of Orléans as part of a relief army. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's consecration at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory at Castillon in 1453. On 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiegne by the Burgundian faction, a group of French nobles allied with the English and was put to trial for various charges. Joan was declared guilty and was burned at the stake at 19 years of age."
St. Joan of Arc
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