Born in 1412 to Jacques and Isabelle d’Arc in Doremy, France. Her mother taught her domestic skills and religion, and she was known throughout the region for her kindness to others. During her childhood, France was fighting a war not only against the English but also against a French splinter group from Burgundy. When she was 13, Jeanne began hearing revelations from God through the voices of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret.
Over the next five years, these voices instructed her to lead the siege at Orleans, and bring Charles to Reims for his crowning — and drive out the invading English troops.
In February of 1429, she traveled to Chinon where she met with the Dauphin Charles on March 9th. She received the Dauphin’s approval to win back the city of Orleans which she and her men took in just one week. In July of 1429, the Dauphin Charles was crowned King of France in the cathedral in Reims. After his crowning, the king soon lost interest in Jeanne’s advice. But she kept fighting on until she was captured in battle against the Burgundians. After a year she was handed over to the English by the Burgundians. The English condemned Jeanne as a witch and a heretic. She was finally burnt at the stake in market square in Rouen on May 30th, 1431.
In 1920, almost 500 years later, Pope Benedict XV read the bull of canonization declaring her a saint.
The details of the life of Jeanne d’Arc form a biography which is unique among the world’s biographies in one respect: It is the only story of a human life which comes to us under oath, the only one which comes to us from the witness-stand.