The mystery of Rennes-le-Château runs wide and deep. Author and researcher Dan Green believes it runs north as well, encompassing Lincoln Cathedral, in the county of Lincolnshire, England.


Lincoln Cathedral - England


Green has published two provocative books that propose that the mystery of Rennes-le-Château is entwined with Lincoln Cathedral in a number of remarkable ways. Greens books include:



Dan Green’s two books
Both books available at £5.50 inc p/p from dan1.green@ntlworld.com


In addition to his books, Green’s theories are well documented on his web site and are regularly debated on various Rennes-le-Château forums. Refreshingly, Green is putting is money where is mouth is and is scheduling a scan for the spring of 2007 that will determine once and for all if his alleged discovery of a great treasure in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral is correct, or not.

Arcadia met up with Green in Lincoln and received a tour of the Cathedral. What follows is an interview conducted that day.


Dan Green – outside Lincoln Cathedral, at the site of his alleged discovery


Dan Green, welcome to Arcadia 17 Questions. Thanks again for the tour. Fascinating stuff! Shall we begin?

Glad you enjoyed it. Fascinating, indeed! Let’s go!

1. So Dan, can you tell us why you have chosen an alias for your writing?

Basically because I structured my books, especially the first, on Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code bestseller. Obviously he’s a Brown, so I decided I’m going to be a Green. Also the city of Lincoln has a strong association with the colour green which goes back to the Robin Hood myths. Additionally, Fulcanelli wrote about the green language, which is a code that appears to be contained in all Cathedrals, so I thought there are three good reasons to use Dan Green as an alias. I've since noticed it’s an anagram of 'endanger', so I don’t know if that's my subconscious at play as well.

Can you reveal your real name?

Probably not a good idea! I can confirm that my father was Scandinavian, and on my Mother’s side, my ancestry goes back to the biblical tribe of Laban.

2. How did you get introduced to the enigma of Rennes-le-Château and when did you first make the connection between it and Lincoln Cathedral?

I first visited Rennes-le-Château back in 1986, and what an adventure it was. Some time later, when I returned to the UK, I intuitively felt there was a connection of some sort between it and Lincoln Cathedral.

I think this for a variety of reasons. For a start they’re both high up on a hill and both have a strong Magdalene connection. Few are aware that the first religious building in Lincoln was dedicated to the Magdalene. Sadly it has since been knocked down to make way for the Minster, so in effect Lincoln Cathedral was built on top of Mary Magdalene’s church, if you like. And then, within Lincoln Cathedral we have the famous Lincoln Imp – a demon statue that is more than slightly reminiscent of the Asmodeous statue in the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Rennes-le-Château. So initially I observed some subtle and some not so subtle similarities, in addition to how the sites felt. They’re both quite magical.

Anyway, going back to Rennes-le-Château, like many others at the time I had just read the The Holy Blood and Holy Grail and was open to the possibilities. And that’s when I met a chap by the name of David Wood, who had just appeared on the scene with a ground breaking book about Rennes-le-Château called Genisis.

I remember that David was quite keen on date calculations at the time. And as much as I find it difficult to say this, because I’m preferably a neurologist right brain thinker and I find it difficult to use words like UFO’s and paranormal, but looking back now it really did seem as if we had to go to Rennes-le-Château at that specific time, almost a tryst, a rendezvous. Now this seems to me to be the aspect of Rennes-le-Château that has touched a lot of people; an aspect that none of us can really explain. This is the heart of the mystery.

David Wood comments in his books that he often felt followed, have you had a similar sensation given what you believe you are about to unearth in Lincoln?

I don’t know what the climate’s like just now, because I have no intention of returning to Rennes-le-Château. But at the time it was very eerie and there was a feeling of danger in the air. Actually, I remember David laughing down the phone saying “I thought everyone knew the CIA ran the valley” and yes, every time we travelled somewhere we were watched. This is not paranoia, this is an objective observation. And much later, after we returned to Britain, there was growing evidence that my mail had being tampered with. So much so in fact that I went to a lawyer, who actually took fright and said “well it’s beyond my scope actually; I’ll do what I can”. So yes, sadly there’s clear evidence that having left the area it hadn’t ended there. Everywhere I went I was viewed from a distance, by whom I couldn’t say, but the fact that I was being observed was reasonably obvious.

Unfortunately my liaison with David Wood was cut short quite early back in the eighties, involving strange circumstances beyond our control. I have to maintain confidentiality because there are things that David told me that he may not want other people to know. At the end of the day I respect the man.

You have also worked with Patricia and Lionel Fanthorpe, two of the first researchers in the mystery of Rennes-le-Château. What is your relationship with them?

That’s quite a recent thing, actually. They were the first on the scene, even before The Holy Blood Holy Grail. Much later, when I was unearthing my own revelations in Lincoln I thought I really have to bounce this off somebody; I really have to share this with somebody to see what they think. And to me the Fanthorpes seemed to be the right sort of mature couple. I’m sure if they thought it didn’t make sense or it was far fetched they would have told me. I treated them as mentors, and I did say to Lionel “I hope you don’t mind, I’m treating you as a mentor if that’s alright.  Let me know what your thoughts are”. And subsequently Lionel has actually defended me in the press and has been very respectful towards my research.

3. Anyone who has ever toured Lincoln Cathedral can attest to the fact that its interior and exterior are laden with peculiar, apparently esoteric anomalies. On a high level, can you tell us what clues you have identified within the Cathedral itself?

There are so many. Take for instance the Lincoln Imp I mentioned earlier. The Imp is considered to be just a Masonic joke. And this attitude is quite typical. When something unusual is encountered within the Cathedral its common practice to pass it off as a Masonic joke.


The Lincoln IMP (Copyright BBC)


However reflecting on Dan Brown’s work for a moment, when we take a look at the Lincoln Imp we notice that it has an exposed left leg upon which we see a ‘V’ shaped notch which Dan Brown believes is representative of the Chalice. I traced the origin of the word Imp back to its earliest roots and amazingly enough it translates as Sion. So I thought right, this Lincoln Imp, which has been present in the church since the 13th century, well it seems to be a marker of some sort.

And there are many others. For instance, from an aerial view you can see that the Cathedral is in the shape of a Templar Cross. And then there is a 13th century woodcut of a Station of the Cross whereupon a dog stares up at Christ.


Dog staring up at Christ : Lincoln Cathedral


Also, the Rose Window, which is actually a 'Star Clock', highlights certain constellations.


Lincoln Cathedral Star Clock (copyright crichtonmiller.com)


Astonishingly, Rennes-le-Château Parchment 1 decodes at the Cathedral in its entirety. Firstly, there is the East Sundial. The sundial has no hour lines marked earlier than 6am because as a Dog Day marker in conjunction with the Dog Day Sirius-earth it is earlier than 6am that we see the sunrise during the Dog Days. Not until late September does the sun resume rising after 6am. This Dial is drawing our attention to this fact. It also contains the motto 'Pereunt et imputantur', the Imp or demon guardian, being completed in the word 'imputantur'.

Additionally, the translated motto, 'they (the hours) are consumed and will be charged to our account' refer to  the hours leading up to the  conjunction, the 22nd of July; Magdalene’s Feast Day, being consumed and charged to the account of the merging of Sirius with our Sun.


Lincoln Cathedral: The East Sundial


Then there is the pregnant Shepherdess Eleanor of Castille statue at the South East corner.


Lincoln Cathedral: The pregnant shepherdess


Next we have the horse and cross of God representation at the Angel Choir.


Choir Stalls bench carving: 'by this horse and cross of God’


And then we have the 'blue apples' phenomenon which I have personally witnessed shining through a strategic pane glass at mid-day on July 22nd; the Feast day of Mary Magdalene.


Blue Apples in Lincoln Cathedral on the 22nd of July: Feast day of Mary Magdalene


So did the initial clues inspire you to look further, to the grounds of the Cathedral?

Absolutely. What kicked started my Lincoln Da Vinci Code book was the great East window and its enigmatic scene of the Last Supper.


Lincoln Cathedral East window: The Last Supper (A dog on the plate of Christ)


We are now entering Da Vinci territory in a very big way. In the scene we see something quite peculiar. Upon Christ’s plate, instead of a loaf of bread or a cup, we see a dog! Now, lots of people have said “well that can’t be a dog, can it? Certainly it must be a paschal lamb”. However, if you look in and around the Cathedral this ‘dog symbolism’ pops up repeatedly.

So the clues, or architectural anomalies, do interlock and have led me to an actual ‘X’ marks the spot location near the Cathedral. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that this spot marks the spot where a church once stood, before being demolished in 1781. The ‘X’ is located on the very spot where the church crypt existed, and of course still remains, albeit underground. This was 1781, the same year when the Rennes-le-Château Noble Marie de Negre passed away. The Lincoln Da Vinci Code is loaded with synchronicities.

So what you’re saying is that there are a several clues pointing to the same spot outside the church?

Yes! Today there is a marker stone above the crypt, or so it would appear. There’s a strange tale as to why that marker stone should be there. If one stands at the marker stone and faces Lincoln Cathedral, one is instantly reminded of the bas-relief in the church in Rennes-le-Château, with the kneeling Magdalene. Curiously on the far left of the bas-relief is the clear image of Lincoln Castle.


At the Tomb marker looking towards Lincoln Cathedral and pregnant shepherdess


Just behind the tomb marker the old name plate of 'Grecian Stairs' can still be seen at the top of Greestone Stairs, which leads to the St Margaret's burial grounds and the concealed tomb. Why should it refer to being Greek when this is a noted old Roman area? Well, here we find our own hidden Greek Arcadia! 

The 17th century leases of the area inform us that it was referred to as the word 'greyce' signifying  a 'step', and I would say that this is meant to be the step that Poussin's shepherd rests his foot upon in the same way as the Lincoln Imp rests its foot upon a mount.  Grecian Stairs corrupts from 'Greesing Stairs' and the word 'greesing' still survives in the architectural word 'grees' from the Masonic compound de-grees. To ascend Grecian stairs is to symbolically ascend the Masonic Ladder which leads to St Margaret's


Greestone Place – a step to the tomb marker?


If we return to the Cathedral, there’s something hidden away in the choir stalls. I speak of a picture of a falling night on a horse, which I believe relates to the Rennes-le-Château parchment which states ‘by this horse and cross of God’. There are seven studs on one side of the horse, a crossed leg representing a multiplication sign 'X' in the middle, and there are four studs on the other side. Multiply seven by four you get twenty eight. (See previous picture of Knight on Horse).

Going back to the church in Rennes-le-Château, if you draw a straight line through the eye level of the Magdalene and continue it through the centre of her cross, it touches on the inner tomb shaped design on exactly the twenty-eighth image. Also, if we consult local history records regarding the location where the church once stood, what we find that it is the twenty eighth plot out of fifty-six!


Sauniere’s alter painting in Rennes-le-Château: a clue to the Lincoln tomb?
(copyright Dan Green)


Also of note within the Cathedral in Lincoln is a painting by Matthew William Peters, a member of the Royal Academy of Art who went on to become a Canon at the Cathedral. He was famous for paintings of salacious women and this one is supposed to be a representation of the annunciation, but no where is it listed as such.

The painting looks very much like how we perceive Mary Magdalene, and she’s looking at a tomb which precisely fits the tomb which sits in the burial Cathedral today, with scrolls balanced upon it. The implication here being that we’re looking at an ‘X’ marks the spot associated with Mary Magdalene, and scrolls relevant to her history.

My friend Margaret Starbird has commented on this image and is happy to state that it is a painting that clearly illustrates the sacred feminine. We have a Mary Magdalene type female dressed in bright red with red hair. One wonders how this can be the Virgin Mary.


Matthew William Peters: Mary or the Virgin? What is she looking at?


Am I correct in believing that the painting has moved locations within the church?

Yes it has. When it was painted in 1800 it occupied a prestigious position behind the High Alter. However, in 1855, when the strange image of the dog on the plate in front of Christ was installed, the painting was moved and stashed away in a dusty corner of the Cathedral, where it has been rather neglected.

So to summarise, can you tell us what you think might be concealed in the crypt?

Again, I’m pretty convinced that we’ve located a long lost forgotten crypt which will contain something of value something to do with the truth about Mary Magdalene. The climate has changed over the years and people’s perception and interpretation of the Holy Grail have also. The Lincoln area has strong Knights Templar associations, the suggestion being that this may well be the treasure that’s often spoken about in Rennes-le-Château legend, because of the Rennes-le-Château parchments, whether people like me saying this or not, can be seen to be decoded at Lincoln Cathedral rather comfortably.


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