Heh, you can’t fool me. That’s a trick question. The answer depends on *WHICH* inquisition you mean. But to give a general answer:
Often at the instigation of secular rulers, bishops were urged to investigate and deal locally with heretics, since they were seen as a threat to both ecclesiastical and the social order. [Grolier’s Encyclopedia]
The inquisition that we most think of, the Spanish Inquisition, was begun at the insistance of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile (1483).
The truth is that the Spanish Inquisition was particularly severe, strict and efficient because of its strong ties with the Crown. [ibid]
But if you do not agree with us, we shall put you in the “Comfy Chair”!