Viewing Melville Madison Bigelow, "History of Procedure in England: From the Norman Conquest" (1880).
Melville M. Bigelow (1846-1921) received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1868 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1879. He was a founder of Boston University Law School. He was a prolific writer of legal textbooks, who occasionally strayed into legal history. His best known work of history was "History of Procedure in England: From the Norman Conquest," subtitled "The Norman Period, 1066-1204." As conceived, researched and written by Professor Bigelow, it was a sharp break from previous histories of the Norman period that were directed to laymen. He was inspired by German historical scholarship. A 47 page Appendix containing copies of "Norman writs and charters" and other litigation documents "never before printed" rounds out this book. Unfortunately they are in Latin.