More than 600 years ago, a woman was born who would come to represent a turning point in Roman Catholicism's presence in France. Yet, Joan of Arc's origins—including real name, birth date and underlying psychological disorders—remain mysterious, even in the face of prominent historical significance. What we do know about the French heroine is her role in commanding the French army against the English during the Hundred Years' War. Although she didn't actually participate in active combat, she did sustain her famous bow-and-arrow shoulder injury. What's more, French prophecy stated the country would be saved by a valiant maiden, a fact well-known at the time of Joan's life.
So who was the real Joan of Arc? Was she someone motivated to lead her country by passion and patriotism, or was she a person who suffered from auditory hallucinations and lifelong mental illness? Learn more about the amazing, yet complex life and times of one of France's most prominent heroes in history.