On a large screen at the front of the classroom, a pair of gentle hands carefully unfold a time-weathered document. “Can anyone tell me what these are?” says a voice. The hands gesture toward two reddish discs attached to the paper by ribbon.
“Are they wax seals?” asks one of the students in class.
“That’s exactly what they are,” answers the voice. “In this case, they’re the signatures on a land deed dated from the mid-1500s.
The disembodied voice belongs to Dr. Scott Schofield in the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at the University of Toronto. This class represents a rare opportunity for these UPEI undergraduate history students to get up close and personal with some old and important books.