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  1. There were few actual hyphenated surnames in England until the nineteenth century, none found in Tudor times in the theater. Its only use in that context was to baldly hint that an unnamed someone lurked behind the contrivance: Tom Tell-Truth, William Shake-Speare.

    You clearly state here that “Tom Tell-Truth” was a pseudonym used in the context of the Tudor theatre: do, pray, give examples of this.

    (Kathman and Ross, of course, demonstrate that the hyphen was optionally used, or not, as part of the general pattern of inconsistency for various Elizabethan surnames.)

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