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


World Without End: A Novel (Kingsbridge Book 2)

Released: 2007
Author: Ken Follett

World Without End (2012)

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
Portrayed by: Cynthia Nixon
World Without End (2012) Book vs TV Show
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   Gwenda's brother Philomon (Holger) is a thief and a schemer who takes over as prior and antagonist after Godwyn dies. Gwenda's brother Philomon (Holger) is sweet and supportive.
   In the book, Aunt Petranilla is a schemer who will seemingly do anything to advance her son, Godfwyn, in the church. But she doesn't kill people. In the miniseries, Aunt Petranilla is a multiple murderer, poisoning or drowning at least 4 (or more) characters.
   In the book, Aunt Petranilla (who hasn't killed anyone) dies of the plague In the series, Aunt Petranilla survives her illness, leaving her haggard and pocked, and kills yet again.
   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.
   Toward the end, issues between Sir Ralph and Gwenda are resolved in a private confrontation between Gwenda, her teenaged son Sam, Sir Ralph, and his man at arms. The dramatic ending of the story is a major serf's revolt against their overlord, Sir Ralph, who is killed in the fight.
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