Joan of Arc

1412 - 1431

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Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d'Arc [ʒan daʁk]; Middle French: Jehanne Darc [ʒəˈãnə ˈdark]; c. 1412 – 30 May 1431) is a patron saint of France, honored as a defender of the French nation for her role in the siege of Orléans and her insistence on the coronation of Charles VII of France during the Hundred Years' War. Claiming to be acting under divine guidance, she became a military leader who transcended gender roles and gained recognition as a savior of France. Joan was born to a propertied peasant family at Domrémy in northeast France. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joan of Arc has received more than 20,332,720 page views. Her biography is available in 149 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 144 in 2019). Joan of Arc is the 4th most popular military personnel (down from 3rd in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from France (down from 4th in 2019) and the most popular French Military Personnel.

Joan of Arc is most famous for leading the French army to victory in the Hundred Years War.

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Among military personnels, Joan of Arc ranks 4 out of 2,058Before her are Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Timur. After her are Charles de Gaulle, Karl Dönitz, Erwin Rommel, Charles Martel, Khalid ibn al-Walid, Spartacus, Adolf Eichmann, and Oda Nobunaga.

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Among people born in 1412, Joan of Arc ranks 1After her are Abu'l-Khayr Khan, Frederick II, Elector of Saxony, Ludovico III Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua, Jaume Huguet, and Ludwig I, Count of Württemberg-Urach. Among people deceased in 1431, Joan of Arc ranks 1After her are Pope Martin V, Nuno Álvares Pereira, Violant of Bar, Charles II, Duke of Lorraine, Dan II of Wallachia, Lengvenis, Bernard I, Margrave of Baden-Baden, and Radu II of Wallachia.

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In France

Among people born in France, Joan of Arc ranks 5 out of 6,770Before her are Napoleon (1769), Louis XIV of France (1638), René Descartes (1596), and Blaise Pascal (1623). After her are Voltaire (1694), Victor Hugo (1802), Louis Pasteur (1822), Louis XVI of France (1754), Claude Monet (1840), Jules Verne (1828), and Montesquieu (1689).


Among military personnels born in France, Joan of Arc ranks 1After her are Charles de Gaulle (1890), Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763), Eugène de Beauharnais (1781), Alfred Dreyfus (1859), Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663), Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan (1611), Ferdinand Foch (1851), Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757), Theodor Eicke (1892), Louis-Nicolas Davout (1770), and Jean Lannes (1769).