A maul is a type of hammer weapon or mallet that originated as a peasants' work implement, made of wood. They were on some occasions already faced with lead (to increase their longevity) and when utilised for warfare were commonly bound with steel strapping. Also as an additional means of causing injury in war, sometimes spikes were added to the faces as well as on occasion the top.
Mauls were a constant implement of warfare through the Middle Ages - early on only utilised by the peasants but in later times they became a semi-standard item of equipment. Mauls are listed as a secondary weapons for English longbowmen at the Battle of Agincourt.