Born: March 13, 1479, Nuremberg, Germany.
Died: September 7, 1534, Nuremberg, Germany.
Buried: St. Johannisfriedhof, Nuremberg, Germany.
Lazarus was the son of Georg and Agnes Spengler; his father was a clerk in the Imperial Court of Justice.
Lazarus entered the University of Leipzig in 1491, but on the death of his father in December 1496, returned to Nuremberg. He obtained a position in the town clerk’s office, and in 1507 became the town clerk (Raths Syndikus).
When Martin Luther was passing through Nuremberg, Spengler met him, later becoming a leader of the Reformation in Nuremberg.
He was one of those condemned by name in the Bull of Excommunication (Decet Romanum Pontificem) issued by Pope Leo X in 1520 against Luther and his friends.
Spengler was one of the representatives to the 1521 Diet of Worms from Nuremberg, and participated in the 1530 Diet of Augsburg.