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Martyr, saint and military leader Joan of Arc, acting under divine guidance, led the French army to victory over the British during the Hundred Years' War.
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Joan of Arc cropped her hair, wore men's clothing and remained a virgin, gaining mythical status among her followers..
On a spring morning in the year 1430 Joan of Arc was captured by the English. The English put Joan on trial for witchcraft and ending up burning her at the stake for violating a biblical injunction by dressing as a man.
By the age of 19, Joan of Arc would be dead and all of her bold predictions would come true. But where did this young, saintly figure come from?
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The subsequent victory at Orléans led the French army to reconsider and embrace further aggressive moves, while Joan urged Charles to hurry to Reims to be crowned.
With Joan leading several detachments of troops, and traveling with the dauphin, the French army took several cities before arriving in Reims, where Charles was crowned on July 17. Joan was at the coronation,
and after the ceremony she knelt before Charles and called him her king for the first time.
Joan soon urged King Charles to besiege Paris, an English stronghold, and the French assault on Paris ensued on September 8. Joan received a wound to the leg from a crossbow, but she continued the fight. The following morning, however, she received a royal order to withdraw.
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