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from Mistress of the Vatican, by Eleanor Herman, p. 69:

“In addition to the under-the-table bags of gold that stank of corruption, the papal nuncio was expected to give over-the-table gifts that smelled of ambergris – fragrant petrified whale vomit – and musk, the aromatic glandular secretion of the musk deer.”

Petrified whale vomit? Eeww…