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Thread: Is Ranulf Flambard the inspiration for this book?

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    Default Is Ranulf Flambard the inspiration for this book?

    I am reading a history of the Tudor dynasty, and in a discussion about the history of the White Tower, note is made of one Ranulf Flambard (Ranulf the Torchbringer) who was imprisoned there in the reign of William II, and escaped (execution even) by climbing down a rope smuggled to him inside a wine cask.

    Does anyone else find this as strikingly similar to EOTD, with the Ranulf essentially split into two characters: Peter as being imprisoned and escaping down the Tower by a rope, and his brother Thomas who was dubbed "The Lightbringer?"

    I can't help but wonder if King knew of this part of English history (I did not, even being fairly well-read on English history) and that it was the inspiration for EOTD.

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    Default Re: Is Ranulf Flambard the inspiration for this book?

    Would have to ask him but I don't recall ever hearing of that reference.


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    Default Re: Is Ranulf Flambard the inspiration for this book?

    ....it's a neat coincidence....

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    Default Re: Is Ranulf Flambard the inspiration for this book?

    Plus: Ranulf Flambard... R.F.... Randall Flagg

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