Jeanne d'Arc, or Joan of Arc, was born in France in 1412 and died in 1431, burned at the stake as a heretic. Her crime? Listening to voices which she claimed were from heaven, and successfully fulfilling what they asked her to do - drive the English out of France and have the Dauphin crowned as King of France.
She was only 19 when she died, but her life has had great impact, and not just on the people of her country who were liberated. Although she died condemned as a heretic, she was finally canonized as a saint in 1920. Her Feast Day is May 30th, chosen because it was the day she was burned at the stake.Today she continues to be honored as an example of courage, piety, and patriotism.
Image of Joan of Arc from Wikimedia Commons.