|The monastery at Montevergine today|
|Lupus cum sancto.|
Although hermiting sounds like a lonely vocation, William was joined by his friend Saint John of Pulsano and a lot of disciples. These other monks got tired of always trying to live up to the how austere William and John were. The game of who-suffers-more-than-who gets old after a couple years. There was some sort of big blow-out at the hermitage, resulting in John and William leaving (with a few of the other brothers).
He moved from Monte Vergine to Monte Cognato, near Naples. There, King Roger I of Naples built a new hermitage and sought William's advice and counsel. His decision not to go to the Holy Land was probably not a bad call.