I am interested in education in Tudor England, particularly during the reign of Henry VII and Henry VIII. Education does appear to have been very limited but at least some members of the aristocracy were educated. Why were some members of the aristocracy educated while some were not? Wealth seems to have been a factor but was social standing (i.e. titles such as Baron, Earl, Duke, etc.) a factor as well? Also, what subjects did their education consist of? Were a majority educated in schools or tutored privately at home?
Both Oxford and Cambridge existed during that time period but who went there to be educated?
While women were not typically educated, there were exceptions such as Anne Boleyn. Were most aristocratic women educated? If not, does anyone know the reasons why some women (such as Anne Boleyn) were and others weren't?
Lastly, does anyone know if education was more, less, or just as common in other areas of western Europe, particularly France, Spain, and Italy during this time period? Were there some places where women were more likely to be educated?