While we were in New Orleans, I saw a couple of statues of St. Joan of Arc. Her life is a fascinating story. She lived in France from 1412-1431, and as a teenager became a leader of the army of the king of France. When she was very young, she heard voices from St. Michael the Archangel, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret.
Mark Twain wrote a biography about Joan of Arc, which he worked on and researched for over twelve years. “I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none.” (Mark Twain) The book is in the public domain and can be read free electronically. Here is one place you can find it.
Some might find it hard to believe that Joan heard voices from saints and angels, but they cannot deny that she was a real person in history and did things that women did not do in that age. “Consider this unique and imposing distinction. Since the writing of human history began, Joan of Arc, is the only person, of either sex, who has ever held supreme command of the military forces of a nation at the age of seventeen” (Louis Kossuth).