THEN CAME ACROSS THE DANUBE Ispenkli Khan. Came to last to this day… This is how the first Bulgarian chronicle, the Name List of Bulgarian ‘mans, gives account of the founding of the Bulgarian state and its creator. History has not been generous in terms of written evidence about Asparoukh. Old chronicles simply mention the son of Khan Kubrat who acquired experience in politics and statesmanship in Great Bulgaria. When the state disintegrated under pressure from the Khazars, he and his bro2thers resumed their nomadic life, rocked by the waves of migration and military clashes.