Historical Fiction

A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

By Guy Gavriel Kay

In accordance with the troubadour tradition that rose in Provence through the excessive center a long time, this panoramic, soaking up novel superbly creates an alternative model of the medieval world.

The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is lease by way of a feud among its strongest dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long-dead Aelis, lover of 1, spouse of the opposite and as soon as inheritor to the country's throne.

To the north lies militaristic Gorhaut, whose population worship the militant god Corannos and are governed by means of corrupt, womanizing King Ademar. His leader consultant, the excessive priest of Corannos, is set to irradicate the worship of a feminine deity, whose fans dwell to the south.

Into this cauldron of brewing catastrophe comes the mysterious Gorhaut mercenary Blaise, who takes provider with Bertran and averts an try on his existence. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a declare for sanctuary by means of his sister-in-law units the degree for a brutal conflict among the 2 cultures. Intertwined is the story of a tender girl troubadour whose position indicates the sweep of the drama to come back.

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There is greater awareness of the need to target more home-care services on the most disabled if they are to help to keep the disabled elderly out of institutional care, and a number of countries have launched initiatives to do so. However, these efforts call for a substantial input from informal carers. Informal carers cannot be taken for granted as a resource, but require support in a number of ways, for example, with specialised home-visiting services and respite care, and help to combine work and caring rather than leave the labour market on a long-term basis.

Thirdly, many countries have introduced respite-care services to provide carers with a break from caring responsibilities. Normally this is dependent on assessment and local resources. , Germany and the United Kingdom, now give pension credits to enable those out of the labour market due to caring to maintain pension rights. ● Finally, several countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, have introduced payments to carers to compensate for employment income forgone due to caring (see Chapter 3).

As reported for Canada by Hollander and Chappell (2002), found that home-care programmes have been able to deliver care even to those with higher needs at lower cost than nursing homes. In part, this may be because of different starting points in distribution and cost of services. However, as more disabled people will need to be supported at home in the future, continued efforts to evaluate the outcome of home-care investments, in either cash or services, will be vital. 46 LONG-TERM CARE FOR OLDER PEOPLE – ISBN 92-64-00848-9 – © OECD 2005 2.

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