Demons of Urban Reform

Early European Witch Trials and Criminal Justice, 1430–1530

  • Laura Stokes

Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Laura Stokes
      Pages 1-9
  3. Witch Trials in the Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-36
    2. Laura Stokes
      Pages 50-61
    3. Laura Stokes
      Pages 62-77
  4. A Revolution in Criminal Justice

  5. Reforming Zeal and Persecution in Lucerne

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Laura Stokes
      Pages 129-153
    3. Laura Stokes
      Pages 174-185
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 186-235

About this book


A comparative analysis of early witch trials in Lucerne, Nuremberg and Basel, within the context of criminal justice and social control. The case of Lucerne presents a fascinating interplay between witch trials and a transformation in the city's criminal procedure on one hand, and between witchcraft fears and social control on the other.


cities Europe reform revolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Laura Stokes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryStanford UniversityUSA

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