What's the Difference between World Without End: A Novel (Kingsbridge Book 2) the Book and World Without End (2012) the TV Show?

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World Without End: A Novel (Kingsbridge Book 2)

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Released: 2007
Author: Ken Follett

World Without End (2012)

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Released: 2012
Creator: Scott Free Productions
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Sir Thomas Langley
Sir Thomas Langley
Portrayed by: Ben Chaplin
Caris Wooler
Caris Wooler
Portrayed by: Charlotte Riley
Merthin Fitzgerald
Merthin Fitzgerald
Portrayed by: Tom Weston-Jones
Petranilla
Petranilla
Portrayed by: Cynthia Nixon
World Without End (2012) Book vs TV Show
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In the Book In the TV Show
   Edmond Wooler dies of illness and old age. Edmond Wooler is murdered by his sister, Petranilla.
   In the book, Elfric Builder is a terrible man who works against Merthin (his apprentice) and is married to Caris' older sister, Alice. Alice survives him. In the miniseries, Elfric Builder is still terrible (and Merthin is his apprentice), but he also marries Caris against her will (so she can save her father's business). He forces himself on her, making both her and Merthin miserable.
   Ralph murders his first wife, Phillippa's young cousin Matilda, after the birth of their son Gerald. He kills her in part so that he can marry Phillippa and become earl. Matilda and Gerry do not exist in the miniseries.
   The book starts with 4 children--Merthin, his brother Ralph, Caris, and Gwenda-- playing in the woods when they see the knight, Sir Thomas Langley, being chased by the Queen's men. But they are only 11 or 12 years old. The miniseries starts with the characters in their teens. Merthin and Ralph are practicing sword fighting when they see Langley being chased by other soldiers.
   In the book, Sir Thomas Langley turns out to have been carrying a letter from Edward II which explains that he (Edward III) survived the assassination, thanks to Thomas. Thomas hides the letter as insurance, but Merthin knows where it is and digs it up after Thomas's death from old age. In the miniseries, Sir Thomas Langley *IS* King Edward II, who survived the assassination attempt by his wife. What he buries for insurance is his royal seal.
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