Which French heroine was accused of heresy and burned at the stake by the English on 30th May, 1431?
Joan of Arc was born in 1412 in France. She had a usual childhood, but in 1424 she began having mysterious visions. Saint Catherine, Saint Michael and Saint Margaret came to Joan in her visions with different messages. They told her that she was to support King Charles VII and help her country to get rid of the English. With no military training, Joan convinced the embattled crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory over the English and their French allies, the Burgundians.
Joan was revered by the French, but the English considered her a heretic. Once Joan was captured by the Burgundians and exchanged Joan to the English for money. During her imprisonment and the trial Joan remained silent, despite the continuous questioning. This enraged her captors, and they quickly convicted her. They sentenced her to death. She was burned on the 30th of May, 1431, when she was 19 years old.