Erasmus and the Age of Reformation, Johan Huizinga, tr. F. Hopman. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1957 (first published in 1924). Link is to Dover Publications reprint. This book is now in the public domain and there are free versions for KindleÂ and other digital formats.
Summary: An elegantly written biography of Desiderius Erasmus describing his life, thought and character as a scholar who hoped to awaken â€œgood learningâ€Â andÂ to bring about a purified Catholic church, and the tensions resulting from being caught between Reformers and Catholic hierarchy.