1479-1534
portrait

March 13, 1479, Nürnberg, Germany.

September 7, 1534, Nürnberg, Germany.

Lazarus was the 9th of 21 children 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 Nürnberg, obtained a position in the town clerk’s office, and in 1507 himself became the town clerk (Raths Syndikus). When Martin Luther was passing through Nürnberg, Spengler met him, later becoming a leader of the Reformation in Nürnberg. He was one of those condemned by name in the Bull of Excommunication 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 Nürnberg, and participated in the 1530 Diet of Augsburg.

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Spengler’s burial place