The Bulgars were a Turkic people, a branch of which had settled in the lower Danube basin, dominating the local Slavic peasantry. Under the pagan Khan Krum in 811 they defeated a Byzantine army and killed the emperor, making a drinking cup of his skull.How to be imposing, in three easy steps:
-- Ronald Findlay & Kevin H. O'Rourke, Power and Plenty, p. 14
1) Be given, or preferably take, the name "Khan Krum."
2) Kill the Emperor of the remnants of Rome in the East.
3) When someone asks where you got that charming coffee mug, tell them the truth.