Most of what is known of both authors of The Romance of the Rose is inferred from their works alone. Midway through the poem, the God of Love mentions two of his most faithful servants, Guillaume de Lorris and Jean Chopinel (“the lame”) of Meung-sur-Loire. From the statement (line 10,588) that Jean will continue Guillaume’s work forty years later, critics have worked back to a date of around 1230 or 1235 for Guillaume’s portion and 1275 for that of Jean. Jean de Meung is otherwise known to have lived in Paris from 1292 until 1305. Presumably, he had left Meung-sur-Loire, a small village southwest of Orléans, for the intellectual climate surrounding the recently established University of Paris.