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> which *some* people of the Art Hysterical Persuasion want to read as "Ivo
> [caused to be] built a beautifully decorated choirscreen [_jubé_]."
> 
> the present choirscreen at Chartres is 16th-17th c., and replaces one from the
> first half of the 13th c., which survives in some fragments (mostly in the St.
> Piat chapel off the apse).

Christopher,
You should probably be differentiating here between "jube" and "choir screen".  The 
choir screen enclosed the choir stalls and sometimes the sanctuary, as well, running 
between or around the line of piers between the central vessel and the aisles and 
ambulatory.  Although it enclosed space, it did not have a specific liturgical function.  
The jube, on the other hand, usually ran between the easternmost crossing piers, 
and in some instances, there was a space between it and the western part of the 
choir screen, although they were also conflated, as well.  The jube usually supported 
a Crucifix and had a clearer liturgical function.  Sermons were preached from it, i.e. 
it acted as a pulpit (these are mentioned, for example, in the 13th-century Chartres 
ordinary) and there were usually altars located against its western face (Chartres is, 
once again, a case in point).  You are certainly correct that the present Chartres 
choir screen is 16th-17th century, but the 13th-century fragments you mention are 
those of the jube, which was left in place, when the later choir screen was erected, 
and only demolished after the Council of Trent decreed that there should be fewer 
barriers between the clergy and congregation, in the 17th century, I believe.
Cheers,
Jim Bugslag

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