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Joint rule with Stauracius (his son), December 803 - 25 July 811 A.D. Logothete (lord high treasurer) under Empress Irene, Nicephorus gained rule in a palace coup. At the Battle of Pliska, the Bulgarian Khan, Krum, surprised and slew Nicephorus along with a large portion of the Byzantine army. Krum is said to have made a drinking-cup of Nicephorus' skull.