What's the Difference between The Pillars of the Earth the Book and The Pillars of the Earth the TV Show?

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The Pillars of the Earth

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Released: 1989
Author: Ken Follette

The Pillars of the Earth

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Released: 2010
Creator: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
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Waleran Bigod
Waleran Bigod
Portrayed by: Ian McShane
Jack Jackson
Jack Jackson
Portrayed by: Eddie Redmayne
Prior Philip
Prior Philip
Portrayed by: Matthew Macfadyen
Aliena
Aliena
Portrayed by: Hayley Atwell
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   There's no lakeside scene; we do not get an indication that Alfred loves Aliena. In fact, in the book, he wants to marry Aliena mostly to get even with Jack. Alfred spies on Aliena as she bathes in a lake, then strips down and joins her--until she takes his clothes and tells him to leave her alone forever. He shouts "But I love you!" after her.
   The book doesn't go into King Stephen's point of view. Stephen doesn't visit Kingsbridge in the book. When Philip visits Stephen at Lincoln, Stephen doesn't try to have anybody killed King Stephen dreams a prophecy about a flame-haired artist, and later tries to have Jack assassinated at Lincoln (and almost succeeds). He visits Kingsbridge several times in the series.
   Bartholomew, Earl of Shiring, dies in jail of illness and his injuries from torture. He refuses to only see his children once, then sends them away. Bartholomew, Earl of Shiring, is dramatically and publicly beheaded
   In the book, although Jack is a protagonist, he is not an important enough person for powerful men to be scheming against. Toward the end, Waleran tries to have Jack killed two times, once thru assassination and another time by setting him up and then convicting him of murder.
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