Though the historical record is sketchy, we know that Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) was born sometime in 1412 because she told her prosecutors in 1431 that she was then around nineteen years old. We all know that Joan was burned at the stake by the English and their French collaborators for her involvement in the Hundred Years' War.
A fascinating new biography called The Maid and the Queen : the Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Bazelon Goldstone has just been released. It tells how a young peasant girl came to influence the King of France. Amazingly, you can see visit Joan's house in Domremy France.
Place a hold on The Maid and the Queen here.